Sidecar convinced me to try the e-dispatch world of nota-taxi’s, with a free party. Uber convinced me to give them a try, eventually, by offering puppies. Even though I didn’t manage to get a puppy, I still had downloaded the app, and when Sidecar let me down, again, I gave Uber a try. And they worked. A little more expensive, but even in a single transaction, I got a much higher sense of reliability and professionalism…but I’ve Sidecar’d successfully several times, and wasn’t going to give up on them yet. But tonight, even though they said a driver was only 5 mins away, they also said no one way available. Uber had half dozen people nearby, and the chosen one was there promptly.
There are some similarities between the two service. They are generally not as knowledgeable about addresses as a real taxi, but they are more amenable to personal driving directions. I’ve gotten free water, and or candy out of drivers from bother services, but neither one is more likely to offer it than the other…the premium version, .Uber Black is like a proper towncar service–they get out and open the back door for you kind of things. And not much more than the regular level of service.
Pricing is up front with Sidecar, and you can give tips over and above the system generated price…I think you can even say you want to pay less, but I’ve never felt that was needed. Uber, you have to go through extra steps to get a fare quote, and then you still have to tell the driver where you want to go.
I suspect I will continue to use them in the order their applications appear on my phone.