Uber to offer rides in Costa Rica starting under $2

By Zach Dyer

Aspiring Uber drivers carved out a few hours of their Mother’s Day holiday Saturday to learn about the ride-hailing service as it waits for a green light from the government to start operations in Costa Rica.

Max Cortés, Latin American Expansion Manager for Uber, told would-be drivers that the company could start operating any day as it waits for the final details to be cleared with the government. Once the OK comes down, Uber could be up and running in two days time, he said.

Uber will start offering rides in the San José area — from Lindora to Curridabat and Heredia — before expanding to other parts of the country.

Uber is a smartphone application that allows riders to hail a private car using their phone’s GPS service and pay for the ride with a pre-loaded credit card. There are already ride-hailing apps in Costa Rica, like Easy Taxi, but these services do not support Uber’s online payment system that avoids the need to exchange cash or credit cards in the taxi.

It is against Uber policy for drivers to exchange cash or accept tips.

Cortés told The Tico Times that he understood the company, recently valued at $50 billion, was entering … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times