Uber Launches In Athens

August 28, 2014 13:39 pm

by Will Kremer · 6 comments

The rumble you are feeling is not an earthquake; it is the entire student body of the University of Georgia cheering.

Uber announced today that it is launching its service in 24 new cities–mostly college towns. Despite tremendous pressure from state governments to increase regulation on ridesharing companies such as Uber, the company continues to grow and exceed its own goals.

Today we are one step closer to our vision of UberEverywhere — a bold idea that no matter where you are, a reliable ride with Uber is just 5 minutes away. With today’s launch of 24 new markets, the Uber network is now available in 205 cities across 45 countries and 6 continents worldwide (bring it, Antarctica!) — more than double our #Uber100 milestone reached just four months ago. With more than 100 cities in the U.S. (now covering 55% of the U.S. population), 10 cities in India, 6 cities in China and 43 cities launched in August alone, those numbers are growing every day.

It is worth noting that some House members proposed a measure targeting Uber and Lyft during the most recent legislative session, but after a public outcry the measure never made it to the floor for a vote. However, rideshare services are to be studied this fall by House members.

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Charlie August 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Maybe one day, you will be able take Uber to Whataburger in Athens.

Just hope that the driver actually has a commercial insurance policy if you’re using UberX.

JayJacket August 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

My understanding is that the $1 “Safety Fee” assessed for each UberX ride is in fact a contribution toward the commercial insurance policy that every UberX driver carries.

Great to see Uber expanding its footprint. Hopefully its Athens expansion will provide a good alternative to the chaos that is trying to find a cab/minivan back from DT at 2am.

Jon Lester August 29, 2014 at 6:31 am

I have a former bandmate who’s a traditional taxi driver, but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s worked with some real idiots before, particularly at Your Cab.

Will Kremer August 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I dream of a Whataburger on every corner and Fancy Ketchup on every french fry.

Jon Lester August 29, 2014 at 6:29 am

I had my first taste of Whataburger in Jacksonville recently, and it kind of reminded me of Burger Chef, which I haven’t had since the 70’s. Depending on location, that could do well in Athens, and a new choice for fast and cheap burgers would be most welcome. Meanwhile, a good friend of mine just got hired by Uber, so the first part of your scenario is in place now.

Doug Deal August 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Does their launch include an expansion in that area of their racketeering program against Lyft?