New ridesharing app 'Get Me' is okay with city's proposed ordinance

In downtown Austin Tuesday evening: a launch party for "Get Me."
Jonathan Laramy is the Chief Experience Officer for Get Me.  The app started in Dallas this August and drivers here in Austin have been doing deliveries only since October.
But now drivers are ready to pick you up.

"We teased everything up with 'What's your SOS?' And 'What's your SOS?' is basically rides and deliveries, something or somewhere," Laramy said.

Soon, the company will be moving their headquarters to Austin.

"A hub for technology, it's where the State Capitol is, we're a Texas-based startup so it just makes all the sense in the world for us to be in Austin," Laramy said.

And after this week, "being in Austin" may mean new rules like fingerprint background checks for drivers, fees to the city and vehicle trade dress.

Even though Uber and Lyft have pushed back and threatened to leave the city, "Get Me" is fine with all of the proposed rules.

"It would be awesome for us, other companies, Uber, Lyft who are already here to sit down with the city and say 'How can we make this a seamless process that is cost-effective and I mean why not have the fingerprinting out there which is like 99% reliable versus a background check where you can use aliases and get around it," Laramy said.

Council member Sheri Gallo, a guest at Get Me's launch party is excited they're playing ball.

"You know we are delighted to see that there's actually a company who is expanding their business and does have a business model that allows them to comply and be willing to comply with the current regulations that are in Austin and the current ordinance that we're trying to process forward," Gallo said.

Kyle Hoskins drives for Lyft in his spare time.   He's also passionate about researching ridesharing issues.  He spoke before council last week about better ways to keep riders safe.

"I proposed programs which promote riding together in vulnerable situations and ensuring that passengers are entering the proper TNC vehicle based on license plates," Hoskins said.

Hoskins hopes council decides against the new ordinance.

"I hope they vote down these fairness regulations in favor of more effective safety solutions that also don't prevent the evolution of true ridesharing," Hoskins said.

City Council's vote on the ridesharing ordinance is on the agenda for Thursday.
Get Me is expected to speak at that meeting.

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