LIKE many Londoners, your correspondent does not possess a car. Thanks to the Underground, buses, taxis, shared bikes and the gift of upright bipedal motion (to say nothing of the impossibility of street parking) it has always seemed more trouble than it is worth. But unlike most other functioning adults, this Gulliver also lacks the license—and indeed the ability—to drive.

Which made the prospect of reporting a story from deepest Florida daunting. Never mind the snakes, alligators and Florida men; without a car I worried more about negotiating America’s creaky public transport system than fending off local fauna. Few American cities outside New York offer the possibility to get around without driving. As for unincorporated towns and rural areas in poor counties? Forget it.

It is not as if I have never reported outside conurbations. But much of that reporting has been in developing countries where rented cars tend to come with people to drive them. As it turns out, Florida offers something similar.

The presence of Uber, a ride-hailing service, is...Continue reading