UberHIRE Launched in India, Lets You Book a Cab for Up to 12 Hours
After a successful test run in Kochi, Uber has launched its on-demand time-based UberHIRE service for nine Indian cities: New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vizag, and Nagpur, with more cities slated for launch in the weeks to come.
In order to avail this new feature, users need to open the Uber app on their mobile and slide over to the UberHIRE option. Then, they are required to set their pickup location and request the ride.
The minimum fare for UberHIRE ranges between Rs. 449 - Rs. 649 for 2 hours and up to 30km. Further, users can hold their Uber ride up to a maximum duration of 12 hours. At the end of the trip, the total fare is calculated based on the distance and duration of the trip.
"Our technology makes it possible for us to create specialized solutions that can help users have access to reliable transportation at affordable prices. UberHIRE is one such product that addresses the unique commuting needs of riders in India, especially that of tourists, business travellers, senior citizens, and working professionals by letting them book an Uber and use it for up to 12 hours," Apurva Dalal, head of engineering at Uber India, was quoted as saying in the release.
The ride-hailing service says that UberHire is perfect for travelers exploring a new city, senior citizens who need to make trips punctuated with multiple stopovers, or for businessmen who have multiple meetings. Uber says that it provides a convenient option while ensuring it is economical for everyone. Also, it's worth noting that currently, UberHIRE works only on cash payments, and, Paytm, credit or debit card payments aren't accepted.
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