Hyderabad: Uber will expand its carpooling service in three more cities Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai on June 5. The service which was launched in India about six months back is currently available in Delhi and Bangaluru.
Its a car pooling service that is claimed to offer 50 percent of the rate of uberGO. Ola already has a similar system in place in the form of Ola Share and it allows participating passengers to pay 60 percent of the standard rate.
UberPool enables people going the same way at the same time to share their journey – bringing carpooling at the tap of a button. More people in fewer cars means cheaper rides for passengers and less congestion over time,” said Amit Jain, President Uber India.
Since the launch of UberPool in Delhi and Bengaluru, 25 percent of all trips in the two cities are now on UberPool, he added.
Uber’s local rival, Ola also has a similar product – Ola Share – that allows users to carpool to get cheaper rides.
Globally, over 1 lakh people take pooled trips on Uber every week in over 11 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai. In China, the number of UberPool trips has grown to over 30 million per month.