Taxis, Beware: St. Louis to Get First App-Based Car Service, Carmel
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|A driver for Uber, a car-hailing service based in San Francisco.|
Here's how ride-hailing apps work:
First, choose your car. Companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar offer several options at different price points, from a regular taxi to an SUV up to a high-end luxury car.
Then, tell your driver where to pick you up. The app tells you how far away your car is.
Once you've reached your destination, you don't need to pull out your wallet to pay. Uber requires a credit card number to be kept on file, and the company charges -- by the mile or by the minute, depending on how far you go -- to your card automatically. Drivers do not get tips.
It's hard to guess how much a ride will be since many of the car services change their prices depending on demand. For example, during a New York snowstorm, some of Uber's rates jumped from $25 to $175 because everyone wanted a car.