Uber may or may not return to Vancouver one day. The taxi alternative with the nifty app operated briefly in 2012 before being forced to withdraw by provincial regulators (who imposed a $75 minimum charge on all rides).
In the meantime, however, a new option has emerged. Four existing Vancouver taxi companies have joined forces and are offering passengers an Uber-style app meant to take the pain out of booking and paying for a cab.
The new eCab system, scheduled to launch some time in May, has a lot in common with the Uber app. Passengers tap the app to summon a nearby cab from Blacktop, Vancouver Taxi, MacLure’s or Yellow Cab. They can track the taxi’s approach in real time on their smartphone to see how close it is. Payment is all handled through the app so no money changes hands, and you can even rate drivers after your ride. Continue reading:
Vancouver to Get Uber Alternative – New App Works with Existing Taxis