The ride sharing service Uber kicked off its services in Kochi, becoming the 11th Indian city to have Uber. Sony Joy, the cofounder of MobME became the first rider to enjoy the Uber experience. The disruptive ride sharing service known to be everyone’s private driver is already available in cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai etc. Uber promises to bring hassle-free, safe, reliable, and affordable transportation to every local and tourist in town.
There will be only limited cars available as of now. But Uber promises to have more cars and better ETA’s once the entire fleet of cars are available. Give Uber a try if you haven’t experienced Uber yet! Use promo code ‘UberKochiLaunch’ to enjoy 2 free rides up to Rs. 300 each! (New users only, valid until 15th December, 2014)
Uber is available on Android, iPhone and Windows. You can download the app from the below links.
Founded in 2009 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, Uber is changing the way people are getting around by offering a convenient, cashless, and stylish on demand car request service from your mobile phone. Uber is available in over 45 countries covering around 200 cities all over the world and was valued at USD 18.2 billion. Uber counts India as the second largest market after US in terms of cities covered.
Uber has faced criticism from other taxi operators and recently announced partnership with Paytm for collecting payments from the users. RBI has mandated that all transactions involving credit cards issued in India for goods or services in the country must have an additional authentication system at each point of sale. This rule ensures that the two factor authentication is followed by all payment methods used in India. As the mandate is a roadblock for the ultimate Uber experience, the ties with Paytm would ensure that the Uber experience is never affected for its users.
How to use Uber:
- Download the app for Android or iOS depending on your smart phone
- Make sure that you have an active internet connection and your phone’s location services are ON
- First, tap to set your pickup location
- Request your ride and a driver will accept
- Enter the address or name of your destination
- After pick up, the app show the driver where you’re going and show you the route and ETA
Uber believes in No tip service and ensures that you don’t need to pay anything to the driver. Your trip amount will be automatically debited from your account. You will get a trip summary and receipt in your email once the trip is over.
You can also check out the fare quote to get an estimated fare to reach your destination and split fare if you want to share the ride with other Uber users. Depending on your choice, Uber services are available in Uber Black and Uber X. The minimum fare is Rs. 14 per km with a base fare of Rs.50.
Follow Uber Kochi on Twitter as well.