Uber launches in Austin despite official ban

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Uber officially started service in Austin on June 3, despite the city’s official ban on the rideshare service.

Uber launches just days after Lyft, another rideshare service that started operations despite city regulations. Two Lyft drivers were already ticketed and had their vehicles impounded Saturday for not having a valid city chauffeur’s license.

Uber operates similarly to Lyft, connecting people who need a ride with their Uber drivers through their mobile app. Users can log-in, view drivers in their area and request a ride and pay for it on the app. Users can view rates for their city and get a quote before requesting a ride through the app as well.

To promote its services, Uber will be offering free rides for a limited time. Drivers will still be compensated through Uber.

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