Love Uber? Check out these five companies with similar services.
The taxi and limousine industry is worth $11 billion a year in the United States alone, and the competition is fierce among companies creating technology that connects riders with drivers. The biggest players all seem to have something in common with Uber. And so do companies in some other industries.
The Twist: It's like Uber, but just for cabs.
Signature Move: Playing nice with municipalities; winning over cabdrivers.
The Twist: It's like Uber, but the drivers aren't professionals.
Signature Move: Drivers fist-bump passengers; the cars have pink moustaches on the grilles.
The Twist: It's like Uber, but the fares are technically donations, and the drivers aren't professionals.
Signature Move: Claiming the moral high ground--using Sidecar is all about easing carpooling and getting vehicles off the road.
The Twist: It's like Uber, but for airplanes.
Signature Move: Welcome to 2013: You can book a private jet with your smartphone.
The Twist: It's like Uber, but for dog walking.
Signature Move: Actually pitching the company as "Uber for dog walking."
CHRISTINE LAGORIO-CHAFKIN is a writer, editor, and reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Village Voice, and The Believer, among other publications. She is senior writer at Inc. @Lagorio