Uber isn't just putting many locally owned cab companies out of business, it's also tricking strangers into thinking that you're their driver. While it might not be as bad as an Uber driver kidnapping one of his passengers, it's still a pretty awkward.
Using Uber isn't difficult, you simply let a driver in the area know that you need a ride. The app shows you where the driver is, but GPS still isn't completely accurate 100% of the time. Of course that translates into would-be passengers jumping into stranger's cars.
Ashwin Deshmukh, a tech investor, told Valleywag about his experience with Uber passengers jumping into his ride:
"If I pull-up at a food truck in Williamsburg, there will be four guys asking, 'Can you take us to Long Island?'" Deshmukh blames it partly on tooling around in a 2009 SUV and was told the GPS sitting on his dashboard gives the wrong impression. "It's kind of immoral to have a car in New York anyways, so I feel like this is my tax for doing that. The best line so far is, 'Are you Uber? Well can you just be, can we go?' "
And they say that technology keeps people isolated. Uber is still a new concept and so far it's working. Some growing pains are expected, but maybe the company could include a photo of the car that a passenger should be looking out for.
Just a thought!