Re: They aren't unemployed
I don't know if that model works. It doesn't seem to, for the taxi companies here in Orlando.
They all have the same busted-ass app, just with different branding. This is an app that can't:
1. take your location from the phone GPS
2. take your location from the address you type in
3. take your location from selecting it in Google Maps
4. take your location from the GPS coordinates you type in
Instead it gives them a semi-random location near city hall, and you get blackballed for not being there when the taxi shows up. It's "spectacularly incompetent". This is from experimentation when we weren't in a rush to get home, so a friend and I tried 3 taxi companies, with an Android and an Apple phone.
The app company doesn't apparently give a shit. It's sold the apps and got the money.
The taxi company doesn't apparently give a shit. Their attitude is "OH COMPUTERS!"
Uber seems to work because it owns the entire stack and understands the technology.