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Online Ride-Sharing Service Comes to Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A smartphone-based ride-sharing service has arrived in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports that Wichita is one of 22 U.S. cities where San Francisco-based Uber took to the streets Thursday. The service is now offered in more than 100 cities. Through the smartphone app, Uber connects prospective passengers with drivers who offer rides in their own vehicles. The app handles the billing through the riders' credit cards on file with Uber, so there's no need to carry cash and no tipping. The driver and Uber split the money, with about 80 percent going to the driver and 20 percent to Uber. In some cities, traditional cab companies have strenuously opposed Uber and its competitors. But so far, that hasn't happened in Wichita.


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