(WXYZ) - Your next ride to a concert, sporting event or night out could be as close as your smartphone.
Uber and UberX cars are available throughout Metro Detroit. The company has a popular mobile application that connects passengers to drivers of vehicles for hire.
But one Uber driver says UberX cars may not be safe. Uber is like a limo or Metro Car. It follows state laws that require driver background checks, the car is inspected once a year and they must have $1 million in liability insurance.
UberX, part of the same company and smartphone app is cheaper and only does background checks on drivers, according to Khalil Refai who is a Metro Detroit UberX driver.
He says he's a student who drives his own car to make extra money. We are concealing the identity of the Uber driver who talked with 7 Action News Investigator Jim Kiertzner.
"You're biting the hand that feeds you?" Kiertzner asks. "I'm taking a big risk talking to you right now" the Uber driver answers.
The issue of liability is playing out in San Francisco where a 6-year-old girl, Sophia Liu, was hit and killed by a Uber driver on New Year's Eve while crossing a street with her mother and younger brother.
Detroit City Attorney Melvin Butch Hollowell tells 7 Action News UberX is not following city licensing requirements and Hollowell is issuing a cease and desist order. Uber did not respond to 7 Action News.