- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The car-ride service Uber has debuted in Orlando.

The service allows people in need of a ride to contact someone with a car to pick them up via a smart phone app. It started in Orlando last week.

The service is being offered for free for the first two weeks before users have to pay fares.

Uber officials say riders could save almost a third of what they would pay in cab fares.

Uber drivers are given background checks before they can start driving for the service.

Orlando Police officials are reviewing Uber’s presence in the area.

Uber services are offered in scores of cities around the world, but they haven’t always been welcomed.

Some cities have banned them, and they’ve drawn protests from taxi and limo drivers.

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