Uber grows double digits in Dhaka, the fastest in Asia

A Monitor Desk Report 11 May, 2017 | 5424 Views|-+
Dhaka: Uber, the ride sharing app, is growing in Dhaka by double digits both on driver and rider side, over the last five months. And it’s the fastest growth for any city in Asia.

Uber was launched in the Bangladesh capital on November 22, 2016 with UberX as its only offering and extended the service to 24 hours from December 5, 2016. The fares were also increased on January 23, 2017 to ensure sustainable operations.

Dhaka suffers from some of the worst congestion in the world. For example, on an average we have 1.5 (between 1 or 2) people in one car at any given point in Dhaka, with the average asset utilisation rate as low as 5 per cent. There is an appetite for more options for reliable, efficient and affordable ways to get to and from work, particularly around commuting routes underserved by public transit.

That’s where ridesharing comes into play. Smartphone apps like Uber can help to use today’s infrastructure, primarily private cars, more efficiently at no extra cost--enabling more people to share their journeys and by providing affordable, convenient alternatives to car ownership.

“We are committed to offer riders a hassle free transportation option in the city and create livelihood opportunities for drivers in Dhaka. There’s a real alternative to a world that lookslike a parking lot and moves like a traffic jam, and we are committed to make this a realityin Dhaka,” said a Uber spokesperson.

Uber is a fast growing technology company that started with the idea to provide rides at the tap of a button. The innovative service aims to simplify travel in the city while making efficient use of existing and underutilised resources. Globally on an average more than five million Uber trips happen each day.

Currently it is making an impact in 450 cities and is going to be instrumental in the making of Dhaka as a smart city.

Uber connects riders to drivers; and bridges the gap between good transport and the great demand for it in Dhaka City. Its innovative service is much loved around the world; providing safe, clean and affordable rides. In a city where reliable transport is an issue, Uber is trying to solve the problem and make urban living better.Trips are tracked by GPS bringing information right at fingertips and ensuring rider safety.

Uber is equally there for its driver partners as much as it is there for the riders. Uber aims to harness untapped economic opportunity by signing up driver partners. The company has been creating flexible income prospects since its launch in Dhaka. Once signed up and verified with Uber, driver partners get soft skills training to ensure smooth service delivery.

Uber’s mission is to make transportation as reliable as running water—everywhere, for everyone. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Six years and over a billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars.

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