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30 June 2017

Five Uber alternatives for ride-sharing, takeaway and deliveries

There are alternatives to Uber, and we’ve identified five of them.

It’s the richest privately funded technology company in the world, a firm that has revolutionised personal transport and takeaway food, and its name is regularly used in common parlance.

Uber is a worldwide success but it’s now also a company deep in crisis.

The company’s co-founder, Travis Kalanick, resigned as chief executive last week, becoming one of more than 20 people asked to leave the company this year.

The departures follow an investigation into what had become a toxic culture within Uber, rife with complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, and bullying.

The investigation, and Uber’s controversial behaviour including allegedly sharing a sexual assault victim’s medical records, and discounting rides during a political taxi strike, sparked a consumer protest under the hashtag #deleteuber.

Whether you want to join the protest, or you’re just interested in seeing what else is out there, we’ve compiled five Uber alternatives in various fields to give you options.

TRANSPORT

Shebah passengers Shakyra Mitchell and Maddison Knight with Shebah driver Melissa Young. The female ridesharing app Shebah launched earlier this year. Picture: Peter Ristevski

Shebah passengers Shakyra Mitchell and Maddison Knight with Shebah driver Melissa Young. The female ridesharing app Shebah launched earlier this year. Picture: Peter RistevskiSource:News Corp Australia

Shebah: This enterprising Australian start-up is designed to address concerns about women’s safety by only using female drivers who’ve undergone background checks, and only allowing women and children to order rides. Another benefit is the ability to request a car with a baby or child seat, though this does cost $11 extra. The service is currently available in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, and Geelong, though it’s due to expand to Perth, Darwin and Adelaide soon.

GoCatch: This service started as a way to order and track taxis with a smartphone app but it’s since expanded to include ride-sharing services. The app differentiates itself from Uber by promising no surge pricing (higher prices during high-demand periods), and the ability to pay for taxis without producing cash at the end of the ride. It’s available in all Australian capital cities.

TAKEAWAYS

Jeff Goldblum announced his new role with Menulog at a pop-up restaurant where he shouted 500 Aussies dinner.

Jeff Goldblum announced his new role with Menulog at a pop-up restaurant where he shouted 500 Aussies dinner.Source:News Corp Australia

Menulog: This food delivery service recently recruited Jeff Goldblum to direct attention away from UberEats. And the Sydney firm was certainly here first, launching back in 2006 and now available in all Australian capital cities. Users can order food deliveries from more than 9000 restaurants in its app, with food rated by users and searchable by location and cuisine.

Deliveroo: It sounds Australian but this UK food delivery service is a relatively recent import and now delivers restaurant-quality meals and desserts to cities including Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. It’s also attracted a host of food joints, including upscale establishments you wouldn’t think would offer delivery. In part that’s because it offers its own riders, and it also has more limited delivery areas.

DELIVERIES

GoFetch: This service, created in Melbourne, describes itself as “an Uber for things”. It lets users order a “fetcher” to their location to pick up parcels and deliver them. Fetchers can transport the items with different types of transportation depending on the item — from bicycles to vans — and the deliveries are covered by $200 of insurance, tracked by GPS, and require a signature at their destination. The service recently launched in Brisbane, in addition to Melbourne, and is planning a Sydney launch.

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