Some say the transportation industry is innovated by Uber. Some even argue that UberX is taking over the taxi industry. One thing we can all agree on is that Uber is still a new concept to many of us. It’s probably due the fact that the Uber Company has copious Uber services available to the public.
Just to name a few of the most popular Uber services, UberX, UberXL, UberBlack, and UberSelect are some examples of the most common ones. I’m going to go over the differences among all these Uber options.
Let me tell you quickly that Uber is not a taxi, it’s simply a rideshare service. Ordinary people use their personal vehicle to transport passengers from point A to point B, and they get paid to do so. If you want to know in detail what Uber is, you’ll want to read this.
So I will list out the different kinds of Uber rideshare services available to the public and made possible by Uber. At the time of your ride request, all of the Uber options may or may not available, that will depend on your location.
- UberX – With this option, you’ll get picked up in an ordinary vehicle and it can seat up for up to four passengers. This is Uber’s most economically favored option.
- UberXL – This option is basically a larger version of UberX vehicles and can seat up to 6 passengers. It’s a little pricier than UberX obviously.
- UberBlack – This is the first rideshare service provided by Uber during the startup of the company. If you request to get picked up in an UberBlack car, a high-end sedan vehicle will be sent to your location. It can accommodate up to 4 pax.
- UberPool: Basically, it’s a version of carpooling which you get to share the ride with other passengers heading in the same direction as you. You’ll get picked up in an every car just like UberX, only difference is that you get to split the cost and so it becomes Uber’s cheapest option.
- UberTaxi – This version is available in only a select few cities. With this option, you get a traditional taxi or yellow cab vehicle, except that you can request and pay your fares through the Uber app instead of hailing for one in the street. It’s an agreement that Uber has with the taxi company in certain cities.
- UberSUV – This is a first-class version of UberXL. It can seat up to 6 six people. You’ll get an SUV send to your location at your service.
- UberLUX – You’ll get a professional driver dress up and with a high-end luxury vehicle. If you have a special occasion or you want to ride in style, or you just want to impress someone, this is the option for you. This Uber service is the most expensive service of all.
Any one of the options cited above can be requested via the Uber app and the prices are varied and based in the city you are in.
More info about UberX
It is the most economical friendly Uber service after UberPool. Vehicles that are available on this platform are 2006 or newer. In some cities the vehicle can be as old as 2001. As stated above the UberX can seat up to 4 riders, and as a driver you should be careful and not getting more than that as the riders will try to do so. Most common cars available on this Uber platform are Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius, Honda Civic or Accord etc…
More info about UberXL
If you have a party of 6 people, then this Uber option must be considered. UberXL vehicles can seat up to 6 Uber riders. With that being said, if you have a group of more than 4 of your friends going then this is the best option for you.
More info about UberPOOL
With this UberPool service, you’ll get matched with other passengers heading in the same direction as you. When you request UberPool, you are required to enter where you are going and the number of riders which is of maximum of 2 per request.
The Uber app will indicate the driver which passenger to pick up and drop off first. With that being said, you should plan accordingly because your Uber driver will have to make quick stops to pick up or drop off other Uber riders heading your way. Riders who don’t care about sharing their ride with other passengers will save money using this Uber option.
UberTaxi – Uber have some kind of agreement with local taxi companies to allow passengers request a taxi cab ride through the Uber app. You’ll get to pay the traditional taxi cab rates, but you’ll have the convenience of paying for your ride through the Uber app.
More info about UberBLACK
With this option, you get to be picked up in a high black sedan vehicle that can seat up to 4 passengers. Vehicles on this platform are 2013 or newer. Some examples are:
- BMW 5 Series, 7 Series
- Lexus GS
- Jaguar XF
- Audi A6, A7
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class, GL-Class, S-Class, G-Class
More info about UberSUV
It is basically the same as UberBlack but it must be an SUV and it doesn’t have to be a black color. Most common vehicles include in this option are:
- Lexus LX
More info about UberLUX
This is the most luxury Uber service available on the platform. You get to ride stylishly and get to your destination lavishly. Some vehicles include in this Uber service option are:
- Audi A8,
- BMW 7 Series
- Jaguar XJ
- Land Rover Range Rover
- Lexus IS,
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class & G-Class
- Porsche Panamera
- Tesla Model S
- Rolls Royce
The Least Known Uber services
UberEspañol – It’s one of the Uber services that provide Spanish speaking passengers the option to request a Spanish-speaking driver. It’s the same as UberX in terms of cost, type of vehicles etc… The only difference is that you’ll get a driver who speaks Spanish. This option can be helpful for tourists from Spanish speaking countries who don’t speak English. This feature is available in California and Chicago, and Uber plan to expand it in the very near future.
UberAccess – With this option, riders have two different vehicle to choose from, UberWAV, and UberAssist. UberWAV is basically a vehicle that is Wheelchair accessible, and it’s available for those with disabilities. The UberAssist option matches passengers with drivers that are knowledgeable on assisting those with special needs.
UberPedal – It’s an Uber service that is designed for cyclist, those with bicycles. The vehicle from this platform can be an UberX or UberXL but it comes with a bike rack rear-mounted. Passengers in cities with heavy history of biking cultures will be mostly benefited from this option. I write an article about this with more detail information, so click here if you’re interested.
Uber Car Seat -This feature or option of Uber service provide Uber riders vehicles that are equipped with a car seat. This option is most ideal for parents traveling with a child. There is a $10 extra on top of the regular Uber price. A lot of Uber drivers don’t have car seats, so if you want to be ensured you get a car seat for your child, it’s best to request this option, Uber car seat.