Hi Reddit! IAmA UberX driver in the Washington D.C. area. Ask away!
I've been driving for Uber since November, 2013. I have a full time job and am also in grad school, so I mostly just drive for Uber for some extra cash and because really I find it to be a fun time. I saw an AMA request for an Uber driver so here I am. I'll be around for a few hours today.
Here's a link to the webpage for Uber. There are a lot of third-party write ups you can find with a google search on the subject. Basically, it allows customers to use a smartphone app to call a car (a private driver with their own personal car) or a limo (a currently off-duty livery vehicle) to pick them up, at any time. It then tracks the vehicles progress until it arrives. You get in and tell the driver where you want to go. When you get there you just get out of the car. No money changes hands - the app automatically charges the credit card you saved when signing up. Then, later, the driver is paid a percentage. They've been expanding internationally quite a bit in the last few years, so anyone who is in a city they have set up in might be interested.
I'm not a typical driver: I drive (what I like to think is) a fairly nice car, I only drive one or two nights a week, and this isn't a full time gig for me. Still, I've spent a lot of time talking to other passengers, and talking to other drivers as a passenger myself. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about life as a driver, the surge pricing "debate," or just my personal opinions on the bonuses and drawbacks of having Uber in your life.
Please remember anything expressed here is a personal opinion and in no way represents Uber as a company.
For proof, here's my Uber phone with the driver app.
EDIT: Sorry I'm falling behind on the responses everyone. I'm on Reddit pretty much every day, so I'll be sure to keep going through and trying to address everything. I'm still going, just falling behind.
EDIT #2: Hey, just saw me made the front page. Thanks everyone! The weather here in D.C. is just too damn nice to stay inside all day. I'm taking the dog for a walk and I'll be back on later (still need to finish House of Cards too). Thanks again for all the comments!
EDIT #3: I'm having a blast answering all these questions - sorry I'm still so far behind. I'm gonna take a break for awhile and watch some House of Cards. Sorry, but Frank Underwood moves too fast for me to keep up with him and reddit at the same time. I will be coming back to this thread though and answering every question I can get to.
EDIT #4: A couple people have pointed out it was probably rather narrow-minded of me to include a description of what Uber is. Now added above.