Some figures in Montreal's taxi industry are very worried about the growing popularity of an on-line cab hailing service.
Uber has created controversy in other cities as well because it connects customers directly with drivers, bypassing taxi company dispatchers.
The user's smartphone indicates where the closest cab is and an estimated time of arrival. Billing is done on-line, meaning the client doesn't have to pay cash.
Critics say the client has no guarantee the person who arrives is a professional cabbie and elsewhere, the service has transformed itself into a ridesharing app, eliminating the need for taxis altogether.
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