If you've ever had trouble hailing a cab when you needed one, Uber could be just the ticket. Using the service, users can order a taxi (or livery cab) using their mobile device, track car locations until they’re picked up and pay directly through the app, ensuring a secure transaction.
Uber is currently available in over 30 different cities and is constantly expanding its service to new locations. There is an app for both Android and iOS devices, but the service can also be used by older phones using SMS messages.
In New York City, Uber only orders livery, not yellow cabs and prices are higher than the traditional metered fair, but the company's continued success shows that users are willing to pay premium prices for a high quality product. Next time you’re stuck in an unexpected downpour, using Uber could make the difference between getting drenched trying to hail a taxi or getting to your next destination completely dry.