Finding Lost Items in Your Uber or Taxi

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lost item in uber Did you have a rough night on the town and realize you left your iPhone in the backseat of your Uber?

What do you do next? Luckily, if you’re in an Uber, retrieving your lost item should not be difficult. Rideshare companies generally make it easy for passengers to find the items they accidentally left behind.

Follow these steps to figure out how to get back your lost item from your Uber!

  1. As soon as you realize your item is missing, contact your Uber driver through the Uber app. The app will prompt you to enter your phone number and report the lost item.
  2. Next, the Uber app will connect you to your driver’s cell phone number, you will be able to speak to the driver directly to see if he/she has your missing item
  3. Coordinate with your driver to meet up and exchange your missing item.
  4. If the driver never answers your call, wait 24 hours and let Uber know — they will contact your driver directly for you to ensure you get in contact.

Unfortunately, it is not so easy to retrieve your lost item from a taxi. Taxi services such as the NYC taxi company have a “lost and found” where drivers are able to give any items left in their cab, however there is no obligation for the driver to return any lost items. Most taxi companies also encourage passengers to call their company to report any missing items as soon as possible. Remember to always know the name and taxi number of your cab to make this process easier – getting a receipt is the best way to always ensure you have your taxi drivers information!

Have any horror stories of lost items in your Uber or taxi? Comment below to share!


Animal Taxi Monday 9.26

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Learn how to use RideGuru’s fare comparison calculator

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With the recent release of Ride.Guru, we wanted to create a helpful guide for TaxiFareFinder fans looking to use the new and improved fare comparison calculator. Follow the steps below to find out how much your ride is going to cost and to learn which rideshare or taxi company is best for you!

1. Enter Your Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations

RideGuru supports not only addresses but also town and city names, landmark or business names, and even latitude & longitude!


2. Compare Rideshare Estimates

Take a look at the “Overview” chart to view the available ride options and prices in one convenient place. For a further breakdown of each service look under “Fare Details”, where you will find a cost analysis of each service, the amount the driver will actually make from your trip (the rest goes to the company), and information on the type of car you can expect to receive with each option. If you would like further details on any of the companies simply click on the company logo.

Pro Tip: If you are unsure which ride is right for you, simply use our “Filter Results” feature on the left hand side, which allows you to narrow down your ride results by provider, quality, and capacity.


3. Look Over Details Outlining Trip

Use the map route to make sure you know where you are going!


4. Choose Your Ride and Hail Your Car

Once you have decided which ride is right for you, hail your car straight from RideGuru using the “hail” buttons below each fare card. If you are not on mobile or do not have an active account with your chosen rideshare company, you will instead be taken to their website to sign up!



RideGuru – A New Rideshare Initiative

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rg1We are excited to announce that the groundbreaking rideshare fare comparison calculator, RideGuru, which was originally hosted on was officially released this morning as an independent website at Ride.Guru.

While the sites main attraction is its ability to compare rideshare fares across thousands of cities for a vast number of rideshare companies, it is also a place for riders, drivers, and travelers to come together.

To kick-start Ride.Guru’s community, the RideGuru team built a Q&A platform called, “Ask a Guru”. “Ask a Guru” connects rideshare drivers and riders not only with each other, but also with industry experts. Questions that are submitted will be answered by real insiders, such as actual rideshare drivers and representatives.  RideGuru has even partnered with Harry Campbell, otherwise known as “The Rideshare Guy”, who will be directly interacting with the visitors!

For travelers, RideGuru is providing a wealth of knowledge not only related to ridesharing but also in regards to general travel tips and tricks. Through Ride Guru’s city spotlights, users can find city specific travel information on multiple cities worldwide. Additionally, through RideGuru’s Instagram, Newsroom, and Newsletter, visitors can get ideas on where to travel next and can engage with one another on the best ways to get from point A to point B.

RideGuru is place of pure transparency within the rideshare marketplace. Curious which rideshare company is cheapest, RideGuru can show you. Interested in which rideshare company pays back the most to their drivers, RideGuru will let you know. Have a question, RideGuru will make sure to provide you with an unbiased answer. Check it out, join the community, and happy ride-hailing!

To view RideGuru’s Press Release please click here.


To view a Text Only Press Release please see below.


RideGuru – A New Rideshare Initiative

BOSTON, MA,  September 20, 2016

Travelers rejoice! The ability to easily compare ridehail options such as Uber and Lyft is now available. Unleashed, LLC, the Boston-based technology company best known for TaxiFareFinder, officially released their newest site and initiative, RideGuru. RideGuru brings transparency to the rideshare and ridehail markets, something many riders and drivers have been seeking.

RideGuru’s primary feature is its comparison fare calculator. When to and from locations are entered, RideGuru will calculate and display fare estimates for a multitude of ride options, enabling comparison shopping for the end users.  It is able to provide estimates for all possible rideshare and taxi options for a given trip, complete with a breakdown of the potential fares.  Each estimate gets a “fare card”, and users can narrow down the cards by using filters, e.g. specifying the number of passengers, selecting luxury vs. economy experience, etc.

There are other calculators in the market that have attempted to provide similar comparative information, but they are being shut down by Uber and Lyft for violating their API terms of service. RideGuru is different. Using the same trusted technology and algorithm that the company created for, RideGuru can derive fare estimates without the use of external APIs.  This means that it is not reliant on rideshare companies providing the estimates.  To provide accurate and trustworthy fares, RideGuru keeps a database of thousands of rates, and the algorithm is continuously optimized by real fares provided by users and drivers.  This ensures RideGuru’s estimates are as accurate as possible.

Ippei Takahashi, the CEO/President of Unleashed, LLC, states, “The innovation that rideshare and ridehail companies brought to the market is very impressive.  While many welcome its emergence, it is also disruptive in a way, as it forced fast transitions to the market and left a lot of uncertainty and confusion among the consumers.  For example, the fare and payout structures can be complex, and the rules and regulations can be vague.  Our mission is to bring transparency to the market by providing useful tools and informative resources, and through connecting people with rideshare experts.”

RideGuru is truly making waves as the Expedia of ride-hailing services.  It supports a vast number of major rideshare companies, such as Uber, Lyft, Curb, Ola, Didi Kauidi, taxis and more, and the list extends across over 70 countries.

In order to provide unfiltered information and industry knowledge to the public, RideGuru is hosting a Q&A platform called, “Ask a Guru.”  Rideshare consumers will be connected with industry experts and questions will be answered by real insiders, such as drivers, travel authorities, and representatives from service providers.  RideGuru has partnered with Harry Campbell, also known as “The Rideshare Guy” who will be directly interacting with the visitors. Harry is eager to spread his expertise through RideGuru, stating, “My goal is to answer any question you might have about the world of rideshare.  Whether you’re an experienced veteran of Uber or just heard about it for the first time today, I’m here to help!”

Furthermore, once a user finds their desired ride, they can simply sign up and/or hail the car straight from the site for most of the ridehail services.  The user, if interested, can also view the driver take-home pay as a part of the fare breakdown.  This feature gives the public an idea of how much is going to the driver and how much is going to the ridehail companies.

RideGuru strives to become a community and platform for all information pertaining to the ridehailing industry. With today’s release of its fare calculator as well as the Ask a Guru forum, RideGuru will start equipping the public with all the information they need to navigate this innovative but often confusing market.


About Unleashed, LLC

Unleashed, LLC is a Boston-based technology company that specializes in creating websites and smartphone applications to provide users with the information they need for daily decisions. The company is best known for creating the popular travel site TaxiFareFinder, released in 2007, is an online resource for all things related to taxis and rideshares. TaxiFareFinder is best recognized for its groundbreaking, location based, taxi and rideshare fare calculators. With taxi and rideshare rates for more than 2,000 international locations, TaxiFareFinder is the proven, trusted trip companion for travelers around the world.








Animal Taxi Monday 9.19

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Fly away little butterflies! #AnimalTaxiMonday

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Everything You Need to Know About Uber

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the uber storyEverything you need to know about Uber, including where they got funding, what cities they operate in, their competitors, and what services they offer.

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Animal Taxi Monday 9.12

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How to Become a Taxi Driver

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taxi-sxf_16x9_460x250Thinking about becoming a taxi driver? We have compiled a list of the steps you need to take in order to land the job you want as a taxi driver. The process differs depending on what country you live in, but here we will talk about the process in the United States.

1. Obtain a driver’s license. This one may seem obvious, but it is the first and one of the most important steps you will need to take. Being a taxi driver is a lot of responsibility so it is vital that you are a safe certified driver.

2. Make sure you are old enough. In most states the law is that you need to be 21 years old in order to be a taxi driver, however, depending on the city it may be 18 years of age.

3. Obtain a taxi medallion. This is not required for all cities, but in some it is required that you purchase a taxi medallion in order to operate as a taxicab. This is typically expensive to obtain, so you should consider the cost when deciding if you want to be a taxi driver or not. If obtaining a taxi medallion is not in your budget, you can work for an existing taxi company and use their licensed cars for your shifts. If you choose to work for an existing company you will only get a portion of the fares that come in.

4. Take a health test. A good majority of states will require that you pass a good health test to make sure you do not have any conditions that could potentially endanger a passenger. This may be dependent on the state and taxi company that you are choosing to apply for.

5. Go through a training course. There is no amount of formal education that is required to be a taxi driver, however depending on the city you may need to participate in driving training courses. They could last either days or weeks, depending on the city, and typically cover general driving and safety rules.

6. Go through a background check. In order to be a taxi driver you must go through a criminal background check that may include fingerprints, a medical examination, and drug tests.

7. Decide if you want to be an independent driver. As a taxi driver, you could work for an existing taxi company and receive a percentage of the fares that come in, or you could operate independently and take in 100% of the fares, but also incur all the expenses that come along with operating a business.

As you can see, the process to becoming a taxi driver requires a lot of steps to be taken. This is not something you can accomplish overnight. However, it is a great opportunity to get into the work force, especially because most taxi drivers have the ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, and work when they want to work.




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Top Places to Take a Taxi in Maui, Hawaii

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Are you taveling to the wonderful island of Maui, Hawaii? Here is a list of some of the top places you should take your taxi!

Old Lahaina Luau


If you are looking to experience the Hawaiian culture, this is a must! This all-encompassing experience provides a taste of the culture and history that brought Hawaii to where it is today. You get to taste the food, and watch the awesome performances while having a fun time. Make your reservation as soon as you plan your trip! Don’t worry, your taxi driver will most likely be very familiar with the location!


Mama’s Fish House


This is the place to go if you want to taste authentic and delicious cuisine. Each day the fisherman bring in a order of fresh fish that they caught that day, and it is eaten within 24 hours. It doesn’t get more fresh than that!


UFO Parasail


When traveling to Hawaii you should definitely make sure you go on some adventures and try new things. There are so many unique activities that Hawaii has to offer. Although you can go parasailing in many different places, the experience of parasailing over the clear blue waters surrounding the islands will be incomparable!


Black Rock Beach Snorkeling


Another great adventure and a MUST when you’re visiting Hawaii. Ask your taxi to take you too a cool snorkeling spot such as Black Rock Beach! You can rent snorkels for less than $10 an hour or $20 for the whole day!

Hana (the journey)


The road to Hana is a day-long journey in and of itself. If you’re visiting Hawaii and not renting a car, ask your taxi driver to take you on the road to Hana, at least for a little while. The entire trip to Hana can take up to a full day, but it’s all about the journey, and not the destination, so even if you only drive for an hour the scenery and landscape on this road is amazing!

Merriman’s Restaurant


Talk about a view. This restaurant not only has some of the best tasting fish on the island, but the view is incredible. A little pricey, but definitely worth taking a taxi to this incredible restaurant.


Island Style Adventures Surf School

CompanyLogoEspecially if you have never been surfing before, we recommend taking your taxi to a surf school like Island Style Adventures. These lessons will teach you the basics of surfing, and most people stand on the board in their first lesson!

Honolulu Cookie Company

1366692046Honolulu Cookie CompanyThese shortbread cookies are unlike any yummy treat you will taste on the island. They come in many different flavors, so we recommend visiting one of their store locations and trying out some of the free samples they have!


Skyline Eco Adventures Zipline

ziplineLast but certainly not least, if you’re in the area make sure you ask your taxi driver to take you ziplining. There is no better way to see the island than from hanging on a cord above the beautiful land. Skyline Eco Adventures is one of the best out there, with 8 different ziplines to offer!


We hope you enjoyed our recommendations! The next time you plan your trip to Hawaii, make sure you use our site to take you to these awesome sites and restaurants!

Have any other cool places to visit? Comment below!