Despite the fact that it's currently banned in Los Angeles, UberX is defiantly still up and running. I used it for the first time this weekend. This so-called ride-sharing service from San Francisco-based Uber Technologies is supposedly the future of cabs. Much like similar services Lyft and Sidecar, UberX seeks to "disrupt" the taxi industry by using average people with a car (and without a taxi license) to shuttle others around. But it's pretty clear that they shouldn't be allowed to.
Using UberX was easy, affordable and pretty convenient. My driver was very nice, and I never felt in danger during my 11 minute, 53 second trip (the emailed receipt has stats) in what was essentially a random neighbor's Toyota Corolla. But that doesn't change the fact that Uber's ride-share service—which is currently operating in Los Angeles in defiance of the city's cease-and-desist order—should be shut down immediately.