I understand I travel a lot more than most people, but I have been ripped off more times than I can count by real taxis, especially those taken from the taxi queues in airports. It has happened here at home in Maui, in New York, Aqaba, Sofia, Seville and even (my favorite) "safe and orderly" Singapore. I've NEVER been taken by an Uber. The difference? Taxis are accountable to no one, often monopolies overseen by corrupt local officials, often linked to organized crime. You have pretty much no recourse, unless you want to get physical with a driver, or spend a bunch of time complaining (often in a foreign language), following up etc ... and 99% of the time you will get nothing but more grief for your effort. Whereas with a company like Uber, you know how much it will be, and what the route is, before you get in. And when the driver takes route B that costs $40 more and takes you on a tour of the boroughs of New York, for example, no need to argue with the driver, no need to put yourself in physical danger. Just report the guy after, say you were quoted $45 and a 14 mile ride from A to B and were taken 22 miles from A to C to D to B (which there is proof of on the GPS track of your ride, which you are sent after the ride, unlike every single taxi in the world) and charged $85 and your odds are quite high that you will get part or all of your money back.