Uber is offering a new way to beat the traffic jams in one of the world’s most crowded cities by introducing speedboats! Yes, you heard it right.
The ride-hailing company introduced its Uber Boat facility in India’s monetary capital of Mumbai. Uber consumers can now order boats between three destinations on the city’s waterside.
Rides will start at a minimum of 5,700 rupees ($80) for a six or eight-seater boat and go up to 9,500 rupees ($132) for larger boats that can house 10 riders. The company will only take bookings for an entire boat and not for individual seats.
Uber’s vision is to create a multi-modal platform to better serve riders and the cities we operate in,” Prabhjeet Singh, the company’s head of cities for India, quoted in a statement.With Uber Boat, we will tap the vast potential of the city’s waterways transport system,” he further added.
Uber’s vision is to create a multi-modal platform to better serve riders and the cities we operate in,” Prabhjeet Singh, the company’s head of cities for India, quoted in a statement.
With Uber Boat, we will tap the vast potential of the city’s waterways transport system,” he further added.
Mumbai is the first city in India — Uber’s main market in Asia — to be able to avail this boat service. Uber Boat already functions in Croatia and Turkey, and the company has previously offered this service on temporary basis in cities like Baltimore, Boston, Cairo, Kiev and for the Cannes film festival in France.
This service in Mumbai initiated this week on a pilot basis but will be expanded in the coming weeks, as per a company spokesman.
Cities of India are among the most crowded in the world. According to a report by Boston Consulting Group last year, commissioned by Uber, projected that Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata face a loss of more than $22 billion a year because of transportation issues. It takes travelers about 1.5 hours longer to travel a given distance than in comparable Asian cities, according to the report.
The Silicon Valley giant, Uber isn’t the first establishment to try and beat Mumbai’s traffic using replacements to cars. Blade, a helicopter app for the super-rich, announced in December is to be launched in India this year.
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23 May, 2019