PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Don't scream for ice cream. Just pick up your smartphone.
Uber is a San Francisco startup that's known for letting people order private drivers in sleek black cars using a smartphone app.
Now, however, the company is offering an ice cream-on-demand service for one day only Friday in Portland and more than three dozen cities around the world.
This comes amid efforts by Uber to bring its app to Portland. Company representatives are in Portland this week to lobby city officials to change what they term outdated city codes preventing them from operating in the Rose City.
"One of the big hurdles is the 60-minute advanced reservation requirement," Uber spokesman Andrew Noyes told KOIN Tuesday. "If my car arrives in five minutes, I would have to wait an additional 55 minutes before I could legally enter the vehicle."
Portland is the only major West Coast city that does not have the Uber app. The company is expected to face major challenges from Portland's taxi industry, which the codes are designed to protect.
Friday's stunt is an expansion of last year's ice cream promotion. Last year, people in seven U.S. and Canadian cities could use the Uber app to summon an ice cream truck to their location, provided they purchased a minimum number of treats. But demand exceeded supply, and not everyone who wanted ice cream got it.
The ice creams will cost $20 for five. The trucks will be out from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Portland. No cash is required; instead people need to download the app and put money on an Uber account.
-- KOIN 6 News contributed to this KOIN.com report.
All over Salem and parts of Marion County, road conditions were still hazardous Friday night with even the main roads coated with a layer of ice and snow.
A Marion County deputy and the man he was chasing were both wounded by gunfire in a Christmas tree field in Silverton Friday afternoon.
An arrest warrant was issued for a 40-year-old man with a glass eye for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Oregon City.
The season's first big snow storm hit the region Friday, closing schools and shutting down roads.