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Uber Has Second Largest Market in India After US

Uber Has Second Largest Market in India After US

Uber-App-Might-Arrive-on-Windows-Phone-Once-Again-413478-2The name Uber, is derived from Uber Technologies Inc. is an American international transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smatphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. By 28 May 2015, the service was available in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide. Since Uber’s launch, several other companies have copied its business model, a trend that has come to be referred to as “Uberification”. Uber was founded as “UberCab” by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009 and the app was released the following June. Beginning in 2012, Uber expanded internationally. In 2014, it experimented with carpooling features and made other updates. By mid-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $50B. It is estimated that Uber will generate $10 billion in revenue by the end of 2015. The legality of Uber has been challenged by governments and taxi companies, who allege that its use of drivers who are not licensed to drive taxicabs is unsafe and illegal.


Marking its largest international geographical expansion in its history, US-based taxi-sharing app Uber is set to launch operations in 7 new cities in India as it takes on rival Ola in a highly competitive market. With the upcoming launches in Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Visakhapatnam simultaneously, India is now officially Uber’s largest market outside the US. In fact this is also the first time that Uber is moving outside larger urban centres to tap into “tier 2″ cities, where pricing is key for growth, which is why perhaps the company will only offer only its low-priced services Go and X. Uber is already present in 11 Indian cities and the new launches tomorrow will take its total operations in India to 18 cities. “This is the largest number of new international cities Uber has ever launched simultaneously, and underscores its commitment towards transforming urban mobility across India,” Uber said in a statement. Uber’s new expansion drive comes just a month after it roped in’s Amit Jain to head its India operations in a bid to improve relations with regulators.



Uber said India and China are its priority markets. It had said last month that it would invest more than $1-billion in China this year as it looks to rev up growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Uber operates in 57 countries, with an estimated value of more than $40-billion. But it has tangled with transport authorities across the globe, along with attorneys seeking to deem Uber drivers as employees entitled to benefits. In India, Uber has been at odds with authorities in the capital, New Delhi, where the government banned its services after an Uber driver was accused of some crime in December. But a court revoked the ban this month. After the incident, Uber tightened its driver screening and in-app safety features. It has also modified its global business model to accept cash payment in some Indian cities. The company on Friday said it aimed to attain 1 million rides daily in India within six to nine months. An industry source said Uber now records 200,000 trips daily. Uber is set to have a transformational impact in these 7 new markets, similar to that in over 300 cities around the world. Uber will create tens of thousands of jobs, help decongest roads, improve the safety, quality and convenience of transportation, foster entrepreneurship at the grassroots, and give women flexible, equitable earning opportunities, and help law enforcement authorities harness the power of technology to make roads safer.

“We’re thrilled to launch Uber in these 7 new cities (Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Visakhapatnam); marking the start of the next chapter in our journey in India. The rapid 40% MoM growth we continue to see in India is unprecedented and it is not surprising that some of the fastest growing cities in the world are also here. Our data already shows that residents and visitors in each of these new cities have been eagerly waiting for Uber for sometime now and we expect to see a similar response here. Our focus on continuously leading the way on safety and creating thousands of new entrepreneurs will drive our growth ahead!”– Neeraj Singhal, Head of Expansion for India & the Subcontinent, Uber.

The company plans to tackle the existing competition, which is auto-rickshaws and local taxi operators, by offering ride rates as low as Rs 5 per km for Uber Go and Rs 7 for Uber X in the new cities. These are lower than the prevailing auto rickshaw ride rates in these cities. Uber has hired about 25 people and is in the process of recruiting more for operations in these seven cities. Each city is being handled by a team of two-three people. “We will maintain a lean operations strategy and augment experience with technology support,” Singhal said.”We will work starting with dozens of driver partners in each new city to enhance local transportation networks and don’t see any problems coming,” he said. Under Uber X, the company offers cabs such as the Maruti Swift Dzire and Toyota Etios. The Uber Go category has models such as the Hyundai Santro and Tata Indica.

Image Credits: softpedia, theguardian

There are 3 comments

  • 4 years ago

    Hrucha Mehta   /   Reply

    Uber strategy of intrapreneurship – giving a city to a two-three member team, is extremely good. Having interacted with one such team of Uber, it shows that such trust given to an employee goes a long way in the way they work for the company, and the way they speak of the company.

  • 4 years ago

    Anamitra Saha   /   Reply

    It is indeed, Hrucha.

  • 4 years ago

    orissacabs   /   Reply

    Thanks for shareing very nice information………………….

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