Uber rideshare arrives in Greenville - FOX Carolina 21

Uber rideshare arrives in Greenville

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(Source: uber.com) (Source: uber.com)

A popular smartphone-based transportation service has officially hit the streets of the Upstate and other South Carolina cities as of noon on Thursday. 

The company Uber announced they are now offering their service called "uberX" in Greenville, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Columbia, where riders can "can request a ride at the touch of a button," they said on the Uber.com blog. 

The ridesharing service, which the company claims offers rates cheaper than a taxi, uses "driver partners" who typically have mid-range or hybrid vehicles.

"Uber will connect you with the closest available driver in town, ready to pick you up in minutes. You'll see a photo of your drivers, the cars they are driving and even watch them on the app as they drive toward you. There's never been a safer, more seamless and affordable way to move around your state," the company said on their blog.

They said their drivers must undergo a rigorous screening process, which includes a background check, driving history check and ongoing quality controls..

The company is offering a special for South Carolina where new and existing users get their first five rides free through July 24.

The Uber app is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

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