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Uber launches controversial mobile taxi service in Bratislava

BRATISLAVIANS can use the new service uberX, a subsidiary of the US company Uber from August 13. It connects potential passengers via a Smartphone application to drivers willing to transport them in their cars around the city.

(Source: TASR/AP)

The Slovak capital has become one of 330 cities worldwide which uses this alternative taxi service. The Uber app is available on all Smartphones operating on iOS, Android and Windows Phones. The passenger downloads the app, creates an account and searches for a driver. The app uses GPS to find the closest available driver and after the request is recorded, the passenger gets the name, photo, registration number of the car and can follow the arrival of the car. Passengers can share their route with friends via a live GPS map. The payment is not in cash but automatically processed by the application.

Drivers willing to cooperate with this technology platform in Slovakia will have to undergo a criminal record check before they can obtain the relevant insurance and licence type prior to picking up their first passengers.

We are very happy to bring our service to another city on the Danube, Uber manager for international expansion, Lokman Kuris, said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He added that uberX brings one more possibility to people in Bratislava who want to travel from one location to another in a safe and reliable way.

However, Uber is perceived as a controversial service in some countries, having many adversaries, especially amongst taxi drivers who accuse it of bypassing sometimes complex and regulated systems of taxi services.

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