Uber has announced a new partnership–uberEXCHANGE–with Invest India to provide mentorship for Indian entrepreneurs. Over one year, Uber will host a series of six leadership talks by senior Uber executives and 10 startups will fly to San Francisco. Startups can sign up and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
uberCOMMUTE lets drivers of private cars share their ride with fellow commuters headed in the same direction. The service will be available between 7am to 9pm across Bangalore. The company had earlier launched uberPOOL in Bangalore where fellow riders can share their Uber ride and split the cost.
The centre will customize solutions based on the local market needs. The company will be hiring software engineers and products managers who will work closely with its on-ground operations teams and its product engineering team in San Francisco and will be responsible for the business growth in India.
“We are temporarily removing this product to solve specific problems that need to be resolved to help it scale,” said a spokesperson for Uber to Quartz. The company has shut down uberAUTO two weeks ago, and did not provide any specific timeline for a relaunch.
Currently, the service will be available only in Delhi and will eventually expand. In collaboration with iCareLife, Uber has been training its drivers on how to assist the riders with different needs like boarding the car, storage of wheelchairs etc. This service is already available in other countries.
By adding the button next to every address or ‘intent to ride’, users will be able to tap to get a ride to a hotel, restaurant, movie theater or any other destination. Developers need to first register their App on the ‘Uber Developer Dashboard’ to install an iOS or Android SDK and then configure the ‘Ride Request’ button on their app.
Weekly active users (WAU) of Ola Cabs and Uber as a percentage of mobile device users in India data shows that Ola Cabs is beating Uber in terms of active users*. Earlier, Ola investor Softbank did claim that the company has 80% market share.
The court has also imposed a fine of Rs. 21,000, for raping a woman executive in his taxi.Delhi Legal Services Authority will compensate the victim and take care of the convict’s family.The court had convicted Shiv Kumar Yadav on October 20th. under sections relating to rape, abduction.
Private car owners in Punjab will now be able to register on the Uber app to ferry passengers. The company aims to create over 45,000 opportunities in Punjab in the next 5 years through this pilot. Private car owners who sign-up with Uber will be subject to verification and background checks.
Uber created the “surge pricing” system by using an algorithm which ensures that supply and demand criteria is met with a constant balance. NPR says: “When prices are surging, waiting a few minutes or walking a few blocks to a different area may result in a cheaper ride.”
In fact, most of the Uber drivers are rejecting airport rides citing various reasons (the most frequent one being ‘I don’t have a permit’) – mainly because there is very little RoI for them.
Uber’s Bangalore office at HSR layout has been vandalized by its drivers today. When NBW spoke to one of the drivers, he said that the “lack of a proper incentive structure” aggravated the drivers to protest against it.
Uber accidentally leaked personal data of hundreds of its US drivers. The data leak affected 674 US-based drivers, exposing fewer than a thousand documents, reports Motherboard. The leak is said expose a driver’s Social Security number, scans of driver licenses, tax forms, and other data.
The in-app SOS button has been replaced by a new Help function which allows riders to trigger a real-time Safety Emergency alert to Uber and the local authorities and an automated SMS will also be sent to emergency contacts.It will be available on both iOS and Android over the next few weeks.
Online cab aggregators like Ola and Uber will have to register with the Transport Department. The taxis will have to be driven on clean fuel and needs to be fitted with GPS and GPRS based tracking device, printer and a display panel.Also, taxi should be replaced on completion of 20 years.
Disguised Phone Numbers shall increase privacy for Uber users and drivers.It ensures that all calls between riders and driver-partners are connected using anonymous phone numbers. This allows both sides to communicate with each other and coordinate a pick-up point without revealing phone numbers.