Uber launches in Warangal; now serving riders in 100 cities across India

Uber launched its services in India back in 2013 starting from Bengaluru, and it rapidly expanded to several cities across the country. Today, the company has announced that it has begun serving riders and drivers in Warangal in Telangana, marking the company’s expansion to 100 cities across India. Continue reading “Uber launches in Warangal; now serving riders in 100 cities across India”

Uber launches ‘Vouchers’ in India for businesses

Global Ride Sharing company Uber has added yet another feature to its platform today. Uber has launched ‘Vouchers’ feature where businesses and organizations can offer discounted cab rides or sponsor a ride by providing vouchers.

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Uber India ropes in Virat Kohli as brand ambassador

Uber just announced that it has signed Captain of the Indian Cricket team  Virat Kohli as its first brand ambassador in India. It said that this is the company’s first of its kind initiative across the Asia Pacific region. Last year Gionee India signed him as its brand ambassador.

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Uber now lets you add multiple stops on a trip in India

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Uber today added a new feature that lets users in India add extra stops to their trip. This feature will be useful to pick up and drop off friends anytime during your ride, and is already available in several countries. You can add up to 3 stops in India and your fares will continue to include time and distance rates on trips with multiple stops.

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Uber now lets you change your pickup location after booking a ride

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Uber will now let riders update their pick up location after they have requested a ride, in case they happened to request from the wrong place. Riders can now redirect their driver partner to correct location through the app, even when the driver is en-route. This feature was piloted in a handful of cities and Uber said it led to less stress and fewer cancellations. This feature will be made available to all riders across the India in the coming weeks.

Ryan Yu, Software Engineer and Rachel Holt, Regional General Manager, US & Canada at Uber in a blog post,

Pick-ups are one of the hardest parts of the experience to get right, and they’re especially difficult when riders accidentally request a pickup from the wrong place. It often begins with a phone call and ends with a cancelled ride. A small miscue can lead to a frustrating situation where riders aren’t riding, and drivers aren’t earning.

Here’s how it works:

  • Once your driver is en route, tap “edit” next to your pickup location
  • Enter your new pickup address, and tap “confirm”

Once a rider updates their pickup location, drivers will:

  • Be notified of the new location and have their route updated, though the experience will vary slightly for in-app and out-of-app navigation.

The latest feature is available on Uber app for Android and iOS.

Uber India ramps up security with Real-Time ID Check

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Uber India is ramping up its security measures on the Uber app for both riders and drivers by launching a new feature. Dubbed as Real-Time ID check, the feature uses Microsoft Cognitive Services, which prompts drivers to share a selfie before going online to help ensure that the driver using the app matches the account that is there on Uber.

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Former Tata Sons exec Madhu Kannan joins Uber as India business head

Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Office, India and Emerging Markets

Uber has appointed former Tata Sons executive Madhu Kannan as Chief Business Officer, India and Emerging Markets. Madhu will be responsible for growing Uber’s business in India as well as across new emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region, through strategic partnerships and investment opportunities.   Continue reading “Former Tata Sons exec Madhu Kannan joins Uber as India business head”

Uber revamps rider app with cleaner interface, new maps design and “shortcuts” feature

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Uber today has introduced its all new rider app with a “clean and simple” design. This is the most significant update for the app since its last redesign in 2012.The company feels that it was much needed as their app had become “complicated and harder to navigate.”   Continue reading “Uber revamps rider app with cleaner interface, new maps design and “shortcuts” feature”

Uber expands to Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Vizag

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Uber has announced that it has expanded its service to seven new cities – Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Visakhapatnam in India. Uber is growing rapidly in India by adding new cities every few months. It is already present in Bangalore, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Kolkata and Kochi in India. Uber is now operational in 18 Indian cities, more than any other countries outside of United States (by number of operational cities). Continue reading “Uber expands to Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Vizag”

Uber offers 50% off on four rides a day during business hours till June 12 in Chennai

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Uber is back with another limited period offer, this time for Chennai users. It is offering 50% off on four rides everyday for this week during business hours (between 12 PM and 4 PM), in Chennai, which is a total of 20 rides. This offer is valid from today, 8th June 2015 to Friday, 12th June 2015. Continue reading “Uber offers 50% off on four rides a day during business hours till June 12 in Chennai”

Uber in India now comes with a panic button

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Late last year, Uber was banned from India following rape allegations and although the firm has now re-launhced in New Delhi, it comes with a promise of better safety practices. To this effect, the service is planning an update to its app and will launch an in-app panic button and the ability to send details of your trip and current location to up to five individuals. Continue reading “Uber in India now comes with a panic button”

Uber launches in Pune making it the 6th city in India with Uber service

Uber, a popular travel service across the globe, had come to India last year and have been gradually expanded. The latest city that Uber is entering is Pune, Maharastra. Uber is already available in other Indian cities like New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. Pune is the sixth city in India where Uber is currently available.

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