Now, you too will soon be able to travel like a high-ranking diplomat. Uber, the hot San Francisco startup that allows users to dial a private driver from an Android or iPhone app, is coming to Seattle. According to job posts on the company’s Web site, Uber is looking for a city manager and community support manager for Seattle. It is also expanding to Boston, D.C. and Chicago, according to its jobs page.

“We’re a game-changing startup based in San Francsico, providing quality, on-demand car requests (Benzes, town cars, etc.) from the touch of your phone,” the company writes in one of the descriptions.

The company already offers service, which allows users to order up a black sedan from a mobile app and track its arrival time on a mobile app, in San Francisco, Palo Alto and New York. Earlier this year, Benchmark Capital led an $11 million round in the company.

So, will a high-tech limo service actually work in laid back Seattle?

It is too early to say, but it will certainly be interesting to give it a try when it arrives.

In San Fran, the company charges an $8 pick up fee and then $4.90 per mile. There’s a $15 minimum, and tip is already calculated in the price.

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  • http://www.johnwedgwood.com John Wedgwood

    I’m really psyched about this. I haven’t used their service (yet) but I’ve been following it for a while. People rave about them.

    Just simple transparency like tracking the arrival of your car is great. We almost missed a flight for a family vacation because, as the local cab company dispatcher said, “we can’t seem to get any of our available drivers to come out to your house” (this message came only because I called them 20 minutes after we were told the cab was supposed to arrive). I bet everyone has horror stories like this,

    I’m quite ready to see something better, and a service which hopefully raises the bar for everyone competing in the space.

  • http://www.johnwedgwood.com John Wedgwood

    I’m really psyched about this. I haven’t used their service (yet) but I’ve been following it for a while. People rave about them.

    Just simple transparency like tracking the arrival of your car is great. We almost missed a flight for a family vacation because, as the local cab company dispatcher said, “we can’t seem to get any of our available drivers to come out to your house” (this message came only because I called them 20 minutes after we were told the cab was supposed to arrive). I bet everyone has horror stories like this,

    I’m quite ready to see something better, and a service which hopefully raises the bar for everyone competing in the space.

  • Donnie

    Great service – I’ve used Uber in San Francisco multiple times. Definitely appreciate the location transparency when trying to catch a flight. I also hate the attitude every cabby gives me when I don’t have cash. Having the payment automated via the iPhone app, along with tip already included, is nice as well.

  • http://twitter.com/paulbz Paul Murphy

    It will def work here as long as they create a WP7 app.

  • Sam_guest

    Isn’t this just a cab company that let you book through an iphone ap as a gimmick?
    How very ground breaking.

    • http://twitter.com/paulbz Paul Murphy

      You’ve obviously never taken a taxi in Seattle. Delivering decent, safe, reliable car service is, in fact, ground breaking in Seattle.

    • Bill

      It is not a cab company, it is really an on-demand Town Car service. Normally, to book a Town Car you need an advance reservation but Uber does not require it. It works really well in SF where cabs are often very difficult to find so a premium to get a nice vehicle that actually shows up is worth it. It will be interesting to see if Seattle has the same willingness to pay a premium.

  • http://www.bluebox.net Jesse Proudman

    This is my favorite thing about visiting San Francisco. I *really* can’t wait for the Seattle launch.

    • johnhcook

      Really Jesse, that’s your favorite thing about going to San Fran, riding around in a black town car? You are missing out, my friend. :)

      • http://www.bluebox.net Jesse Proudman

        I live a pretty bland life eh? With all the travel I’ve done, having a reliable and nice service like Uber is so refreshing.

  • Bill

    I’m curious to see how much inventory and usage Uber can generate in Seattle. Seattle always seems to have less of the black Town Cars than SF does when I go there and a ton less than NY. At $4.90 per mile, a trip to the Eastside from downtown gets pretty pricey for regular use. I’m hopeful that Uber will be very successful though.

  • Elvin Jijo

    I used Uber to summon a ride from Astoria, Queens, the driver took about 20 minutes to arrive, much longer than the 5 or 10 minutes I usually have to wait if I call a local livery service.  used trucks

  • Lavitina

    I am VERY DISAPPOINTED with this company. I hired them in Chicago to pick up my family and I for my wedding and immediately after noticed I left my iphone in the back seat. I tried contacting the company and after a long search I found the telephone but it has an answering machine saying they only answer to emails. Then received an email with the cell phone # of ADAM, Polish Driver that picked us up. Adam NEVER responded back to the texts and voice messages left. Kenny, Uber’s customer service, sent a 2nd reply 24 hours after the event asking to please be patient and that they are trying to reach ADAM the driver. I was able to track down my iphone with “Find my iphone” and via “iCloud” and saw that it was constantly moving to different locations throughout the Chicago area.

    Uber calls themselves “professional”, but where is the professionalism if there is not a human being to call you or answer the telephone and there is no prompt response with RETURNING a personal item left in the car!  

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