As Odisha observes Utkal Divas today, Uber–the smartphone app that matches riders with drivers, has launched uberAUTO in its capital city – Bhubaneswar. In line with the company’s vision to provide technology backed, low-cost smart mobility solutions, uberAUTO has been launched in Bhubaneswar–the city that recently topped Government of India’s smart city list. Auto-rickshaws play a big part in city transport and uberAUTO will help transform the existing transportation options by using the best in-class technology.
uberAUTO service was inaugurated by Shri Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Bhubaneswar North, and Dr. Krishan Kumar, IAS, Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.
At the launch of the service, Shri Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor of BMC said, “The Smart City project is a priority for Bhubaneswar and we welcome initiatives like UberAuto which provide Smart mobility solutions. Such solutions will make travelling in the city safer as well as more affordable and convenient for the citizens of Bhubaneswar.”
Said Ashwin Dias, General Manager, Uber East, “We are incredibly excited to launch uberAUTO in Bhubaneswar–India’s top smart city. Auto-rickshaws are a key part of the city and with our new service, uberAUTO drivers will spend less time waiting for passengers, thereby earning more income each day.”
UberAuto is an affordable transport option which is priced at Rs 15 base fare, Rs 3/km plus Rs 1/minute. A typical trip from Sailashree Vihar to Railway station will cost Rs 80, while a trip from Naypalli to BMC Mall will cost Rs 50. In order to use UberAuto, a user will need to download the Uber App and request a ride from the app. After completion of the trip, they will get a digital invoice with the amount to be paid – there is no need to negotiate with the driver. Users can pay for their trip via cash, e-wallet or Debit/Credit card.
uberAUTO works exactly the same as like the other option, uberGO, on the app. Riders can request for an auto rickshaw ride by tapping the uberAUTO icon.
Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to driver partners through its platform, Uber makes cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business opportunities for driver partners. From Uber’s founding in 2009 to its launches in over 360 cities in 67 countries today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer. Today, the service is available in 26 Indian cities — more than any other country outside the United States.