The taxis I have come into contact with were very expensive in comparison with Uber. Also, they screw you over in multiple ways. First, many of them say that they will accept a credit card and then demand cash at the end of the ride. There is also a sense of unfriendlyness. Most Uber rides have been pleasant, as the drivers tend to get deep into conversation with me. I have found a friend for the duration of my trip! You just don’t get that with cabs. You speak of an ideal world where fleets of taxis run identical with premium service. Well, that just isn’t so. I was in North Attleboro, MA and I needed to get a ride to Providence Place Mall rather quickly. I had no choice but to call the only taxi service in town. The woman who arrived took about 2 hours to get to me, and then had to use my GPS on my phone to find where I wanted to go. She even leaned out the window and yelled at strangers asking for directions. She had been driving for 30 years and had no experience driving in providence, and didn’t have a GPS. Also, her car was falling apart, just like her. I finally asked her to just let me out, and I found my way to the mall on foot. Taxis are the old guard, and they are being replaced. I, for one, am glad of it.