Transportation giant Uber is said to be working on expanding bus service in India as the company aims to explore other modes of transportation.
As previously reported, during the Insider Global Trends Festival 2020, Pradeep Parameswaran, President of Uber’s Asia Pacific Mobility (APAC), revealed the company’s plans to offer bus services in India which was first launched in Egypt in the same year as an initiative to connect several cities in India. country.
It is now reported that the Gurugram City Development Authority will launch an Uber bus service for a trial period of nine months, 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-run organizations to integrate their vehicles into its platform.
Business Standard reports that according to those familiar with the situation, the company aims to reach 100 million incoming customers who want convenient and affordable public transportation.
In an interview, Manikandan Thangarathnam, Senior Director of Engineering at Uber, said: “Initially, we started with cars, we have (automated vans) and make bike 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 company-to-company bus service. In September 2021, Uber launched the Uber Corporate Shuttle, a new way for companies to help employees commute to and from work in the new normal, safely and economically.
Uber Corporate Shuttle is a corporate transportation service, with seating for up to 50 employees in one car.
It also helps companies achieve their sustainability goals by decongesting cities, reducing pollution and freeing up workplace parking spaces through the use of essential Uber technologies to ensure a reliable, safe and cost-effective journey.
When the Uber Corporate Shuttle service was launched last year, it came with a suite of safety measures that included a mandatory mask policy for both passengers and drivers, pre-flight mask verification selfies for drivers, and mandatory education for drivers on safety standards 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” service for the first time in Egypt, where it has been testing the service since 2018, and then expanded to Ukraine and Mexico.
Uber’s Parameswaran once told Business Insider that the idea is that there’s a shared commuting infrastructure that caters to everyone, whether you’re spending Rs 5, Rs 15 or Rs 50 per kilometer, there has to be a shared commuting alternative.
Many people believe that in the future, people will prefer private transportation to avoid getting close to other people. But this is not for everyone, especially in developing countries like India.
Even NITI Aayog earlier expressed its willingness to see fewer private cars and more players offering affordable shared transportation.
However, apart from that, according to the latest reports, Uber is launching an electric vehicle (EV) service through which users can order rides in electric vehicles. As reported, the Uber Comfort Electric service, which will be launched in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Dubai, will use Tesla and Polestar EVs.
In the case of India, in 2020, it was reported that according to a senior executive of the passenger carrier, Uber India has plans to have 3,000 electric vehicles in its fleet by the end of 2021, in line with the trend in mobility. Who is making rapid strides in green technologies.
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