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Riding with 'Uncle Diego': Uber's wild drive for growth in Chile

Updated : March 19, 2019 04:51 PM IST

The Uber driver pulled up to the international airport outside Chile's capital. As his passenger jumped into his gleaming Suzuki, he glanced around furtively for signs of trouble. "Working in the airport isn't easy," he told a Reuters reporter, a rosary on the rearview mirror swaying as he raced towards the motorway. "Uber in Chile isn't easy." That is because Uber drivers can be fined or have their vehicles impounded if caught by authorities ferrying passengers. Chile has yet to work out a regulatory framework for ridesharing.

A taxi driver holds a flag reading
A taxi driver holds a flag reading "No more Uber" during a nationwide strike to protest against Uber Technologies in Santiago, Chile July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
A cell phone with the Uber transport technology app, with the destination and its cost to the international airport, is seen inside a car with an Uber driver, in Santiago, Chile, March 15, 2019. Picture taken March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
A cell phone with the Uber transport technology app, with the destination and its cost to the international airport, is seen inside a car with an Uber driver, in Santiago, Chile, March 15, 2019. Picture taken March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Taxi drivers gather as they block a street during a protest against Uber Technologies Inc. in Santiago, Chile, May 12, 2016. On the taxi reads
Taxi drivers gather as they block a street during a protest against Uber Technologies Inc. in Santiago, Chile, May 12, 2016. On the taxi reads "Uber Out." REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
Taxi drivers carry a fake coffin as they block a street during a protest against Uber Technologies Inc. in Santiago, Chile, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
Taxi drivers carry a fake coffin as they block a street during a protest against Uber Technologies Inc. in Santiago, Chile, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo
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