Former foes Uber and Mears creating first taxi and ride-share partnership in the U.S.
It seemed like an unimaginable proposition: The county’s ride-sharing giant, Uber, and one of the Southeast’s largest taxi companies, Mears Transportation, joining forces to form the first-ever partnership between such direct competitors in the United States.
Yet, over the past several months, the former foes turned friends have managed to do just that.
Uber and Mears, which have done battle from City Hall to the Florida Legislature, announced Monday that they will launch their historic partnership in Central Florida.
Beginning Nov. 26, when Orlando users login to the Uber app they will get a luxury option, called UberBlack, that lets them — for the same price — hail a Mears vehicle or an Uber car. The companies expect to expand the service to include Mears taxis across the Uber platform by the end of the year.
For Uber, the partnership lets it tap into Mears’ established network in the region and grow its supply of vehicles. For Mears, it means getting access to Uber’s established consumer base and technology, while giving riders and drivers alike a more diverse set of options.
“At the end of the day, I believe Mears and Uber are stronger companies together,” said Trey White,