Published: March 30, 2016
Cab aggregator Uber entered the bike taxi market on Tuesday , with the launch of UberMOTO in Gurgaon. Commuters can choose a bike taxi the same way they order cabs on the Uber app.
The price starts at Rs 15 (base fare) + Rs 3 km + Re 1 minute, with Rs 20 as the minimum fare.
This is the second city where Uber is offering bike taxis, following their Bengaluru launch earlier this month, though they haven’t launched a price war yet, as they have done with their aggressively priced cabs.
Company officials refused to mention the number of bikes currently registered with them, though sources said they have 40 in their stable.
“UberMOTO wants to reduce congestion by helping fill every empty seat on bikes on the road. The new product enables riders to push a button and share a motorbike ride within minutes,” said Gagan Bhatia, GM, Uber Delhi.
He added that bike taxis are a great way for people to save time and money on short trips across town, and provide last-mile connectivity especially to and from Metro stations.
All bike owners who register with the platform will be verified and expected to wear helmets. They will also carry a helmet for the customer, riding pillion.
Usual safety features like GPS tracking and sharing of trip details, available with other Uber services, will also be offered to UberMOTO users.
The launch follows Uber’s agreement with the state government to introduce technology-based ride-sharing services in Haryana. Uber also plans to collate data from rides and share trends with the government. This will help estimate the impact of the service and reducing congestion.
“UberMOTO will be able to reach out to a much larger population and create awareness about the service, thereby unlocking the latent demand,” said a Baxi spokesperson.
Gurgaon police commissioner, Navdeep Singh Virk, welcomed the launch, saying, “The service is great as it will provide last-mile connectivity , especially to and from Metro stations.”