UberX now available in Detroit, offering free rides through November

Uber, the personal luxury car service that you order simply with a quick tap of a smartphone app, launched in Detroit this past March and has served tens of thousands of customers in that time. Now they are introducing uberX, a low-cost ridesharing Uber option that's cheaper than a taxi.
Where Uber is a luxury personal car service, uberX offers all the same reliability and convenience of Uber but at a lower cost. You still order them through a simply app that shows you the closest car's location and tracks it by GPS with an estimated arrival time accurate down to the minute. It gets you from point A to point B in exactly the same way, just cheaper with other people sharing your ride – this is what makes it cheaper.
Ridesharing is both more efficient and cost-effective as well as more environmentally-friendly. It also gives city residents another affordable option to go carless in the city. Sample fares with uberX are as follows:
Downtown to Midtown: $6-7
Royal Oak to Birmingham: $14-16
Royal Oak to Downtown Detroit: $28-31
Downtown Detroit to Detroit Metro Airport: $42-46
Regular Uber users will note the savings average about 40 percent off per route. Prices are all-inclusive (including tip).
UberX is free for all Uber users up to three rides or $30 (whichever comes first) until Dec. 1. The discount is applied automatically when you select "uberX" when you open the Uber app on your smartphone.
Source: Mary Ellen Hickey, Detroit Community Manager
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg

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