There's a new way to get around town, but not everyone is on board with it.
The company Uber introduced its services to 22 college towns across the country, including Roanoke and Blacksburg.
Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said it’s not a cab company because it doesn't own cars or hire drivers.
Uber uses smartphones to create a marketplace for people that need a ride somewhere and drivers, but local cab companies don't agree.
WDBJ 7 spoke with the owner of B. Early Cab Company.
He said if Uber is going to provide travel services, they need to comply with rules and regulations.
"Don't mind the competition,” said Early. “The only concern I have is the regulations and what regulations they have to abide by. They're basically offering the exact same services as any other taxi company, but they're trying to avoid the rules and regulations of a taxi company."
Early started his company about two years ago with two cab cars. These days he has more than 15 cab drivers serving the region.
Early said his drivers, along with all cab drivers, need to have a background check from the Roanoke City Police Department.
Bennett said drivers that are contracted by Uber need to be 21 and older. He also said Uber performs local, state and federal background checks on all drivers.
Uber does not use meters. Fares are based on time and distance traveled and are tracked via GPS navigation on an iPhone.
"We are a technology company,” said Bennett. “We don't hire any drivers and we don't own any vehicles. You don't hail or call up to request a ride. We offer on demand transportation anytime anywhere so with a push of a button a vehicle will come to you."
If you want to be a driver for Uber, you need a car that is a 2005 or newer. It needs to have four doors and be in excellent condition.
Drivers must have a valid driver’s license and personal insurance.