As someone who lives in the public transportation avoidant land that is Los Angeles, I'm constantly hitting up Uber for a ride. (Who wants to pay for parking and have to swerve through Sunset during rush hour, anyway?) Though Uber offers different cars at a variety of prices, my go-to Uber selection is always their cheapest version, UberX. Now Uber is rolling out a brand new feature for people who want to be fancier than the commonplace UberX - but not, you know, soooo fancy. The new service is called UberSELECT, and I'm not sure if the company has sold me on it yet.
The cars used for the UberX service tend to be vehicles any average person might drive, like the Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima. UberBLACK, the fanciest and most expensive of Uber options, could place you in a luxury vehicle like the eco-conscious celeb favorite Tesla Model S. UberSELECT is the middle point between these two options: while the vehicles won't be extremely high end, the service will provide riders with cars like the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4, according to Business Insider. Here's my issue with UberSELECT: what's the point? Most people take UberX to get them from point A to point B cheaply and safely, while UberBLACK has replaced limos as a form of "classy" transportation for those who can afford it. If you're not in the "making it rain" camp, why bother getting a nicer car? Can't a Toyota Prius get you to that concert just as quickly as a BMW? While buying your own nicer car makes perfect sense, I cringe at the thought of people who can't stomach the idea of a mid-price car taking them to the bar 10 minutes away.
It's great that Uber is giving people driving options, but until I win the lottery I'm sticking with my tried and true UberX.