Everything you need to know about Uber bus services in Delhi and Gurgaon

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Ride-sharing giant Uber is reportedly expanding its bus service in India as the company aims to explore other modes of transport.

As previously reported, during the Insider Global Trends Festival 2020, Uber’s Chairman for Asia-Pacific (APAC) Mobility, Pradeep Parameswaran revealed the company’s plans to introduce bus services in India which have were first launched in Egypt in the same year as an initiative to connect the country’s many cities.

It is now reported that the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority will launch an “Uber” bus service for a nine-month trial period, while in Delhi, Uber is launching a new service that guarantees customers a seat on air-conditioned buses.

Customers will be able to reserve bus seats through the Uber app, as the company works with private companies and government organizations to integrate their vehicles into its platform.

Business Standard reported that according to those familiar with the situation, the company is targeting the next 100 million customers who want a more affordable and comfortable shared ride.

In an interview, Manikandan Thangarathnam, who is the senior director of engineering at Uber, said: “Initially we started with cars, we have (autorickshaws) and we offer bicycle taxis and now we are talking about ‘Uber Bus Because we have a diverse customer segment.

It should be noted that in India, Uber operates a business-to-business bus service. In September 2021, Uber launched Uber Corporate Shuttle, a new way for businesses to help employees get to and from work in the new normal, safely and cost-effectively.

Uber Corporate Shuttle is a bespoke corporate shuttle service, with seating for up to 50 employees in a single vehicle.

It also helps companies achieve their sustainability goals by decongesting cities, reducing pollution and freeing up workplace parking by using Uber’s core technologies to deliver a reliable, safe and secure ride. profitable.

When the Uber Corporate Shuttle service launched last year, it came with a set of safety measures that included a mandatory mask policy for passengers and drivers, pre-trip mask verification selfies for drivers and mandatory driver training on safety standard operating procedures.

Uber’s bus-focused program was created with the unique challenges faced by office workers in India and other emerging markets in mind.

It should be noted that the company officially launched the “Uber Bus” for the first time in Egypt where it had been testing the service since 2018, then expanded to Ukraine and Mexico.

Uber’s Parameswaran once said Business Intern that the idea is that there is a shared mobility infrastructure that satisfies everyone’s demands, whether you spend Rs 5, Rs 15 or Rs 50 per kilometer, there should be a shared mobility alternative.

Many people believe that in the future, people will prefer private transportation to avoid being near other people. But it’s not for everyone, especially in developing countries like India.

Even NITI Aayog earlier expressed a desire to see fewer private cars and more players offering affordable shared transport.

However, aside from that, according to the latest reports, Uber is launching an electric vehicle (EV) service where users can request EV rides. As noted, the Uber Comfort Electric service, which will launch in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Dubai, will use Tesla and Polestar electric vehicles.

In the case of India, in 2020, it was reported that according to a senior executive of the ride-sharing company, Uber India plans to have 3,000 electric vehicles in its fleet by the end of 2021, in line with the mobility trend. sector that is making rapid progress in green technologies.

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