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It’s easy to be confused by the difference between names Uber or UberX

Last week's story on the arrival of rideshare companies Lyft and Uber to the Spokane area generated more than 85 comments. They covered both sides of the street and identified the chief concerns: should they be regulated, are they well-run businesses, and what good they're providing.

One commenter made an assumption about the term "UberX":

Uber cars are insured properly as limos-not taxis
That is in reference to Uber cars/drivers. UberX (note the X), Lyft, and SideCar cars/drivers do not necessarily go through the regulated vetting process, are not necessarily licensed to provide rides in exchange for compensation, and do not necessarily carry adequate insurance for doing so.

For some reason Shelalal thinks the company name is UberX. It's not. The company is Uber. It provides a number of levels of cars, from basic to high-end.

The low end, basic tier of car offering is called UberX.


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