Uber launches ridesharing service in Durham, Chapel Hill

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 05:57 PM

With the touch of a smartphone button, Durham and Chapel Hill residents can now hail a driver to take them where they need to go.
The California-based technology company Uber has launched its ridesharing service UberX in Durham, Chapel Hill and four other North Carolina cities.
UberX is a service that allows passengers to use an app to call for drivers who transport passengers using their personal vehicles.
It’s just one of offerings of the San Francisco -based startup company Uber that are designed to connect passengers and riders.
In Durham, fares are around $5 for a ride from Duke University to Brightleaf Square, $12 for a ride from the Research Triangle Park to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and around $23 for a ride from the Durham Performing Arts Center to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, according to a news release.
In addition to Durham and Chapel Hill, the service launched at noon Thursday in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville and Wilmington. It was already available in Charlotte and Raleigh.
The company said that the former Duke basketball star Gerald Henderson was the first to try UberX in the expanded area.
Taylor Bennett, a spokesman for Uber, said the technology company doesn’t own any cars and doesn’t hire any drivers. It simply offers the platform to connect the drivers and passengers.
UberX drivers use their personal vehicles for transport. Bennett said the drivers have to be 21 years of age or older, they have to have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and the vehicle needs to be a mid- or large-sized, four-door vehicle.
“We find that sometimes we have people that are trying to get another business up and running, so they do it on the side, or other instances where people quit jobs, and do this full time,” Bennett said of the drivers. “It really depends on the individual and what the individual motive.”