After debuting in India four years ago, Uber steadily became one of the most popular ride-hailing services in the country. And that can be quantified in terms of the recent milestone that the company has achieved in India, wherein it has completed over 500 million trips in the country. For a little more perspective on this, Uber says that in this time, riders and their driver-partners have traveled over 5,791,025,961 kilometers together. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
This also comes at a time when the company announced marking double digit growth in the country, and almost two and a half times year-on-year growth as of June 2017. In the past four years, Uber expanded its service to 29 cities across the country, and it has 450,000 registered driver partners. With over five million weekly active riders in the country, India continues to be one of the biggest markets for Uber, outside the US. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
A year after Uber s launch in India, the company introduced UberPool in the country, which was widely accepted. Uber claims that today, over 25 percent of Uber rides are taken on UberPool. This has resulted in saving over 48,000,000 kilometers, which equals to 62 trips to the moon and back; 2,300,000 litres of fuel saved and prevented the emission of over 5,300,000 kilograms of carbon-dioxide, that would have otherwise required 4,500 acres of forest a year to remove.
Further, starting off in India with basic features of booking a cab, checking price estimates, and payments with mobile wallets, Uber eventually analyzed the needs of the Indian audience, and has ever since launched many features that were integrated into the app keeping the Indian audience in mind. Some of such introductions are UberGo, Uber Cash, Emergency SOS option, UberDost, and Dial an Uber. ALSO READ: Uber launches driver profile to gain rider s trust
In addition to the India-centric features, Uber released, India has also been a priority, in terms of investment, growth as well as innovation. Uber launched Asia s first Engineering Center in Bengaluru in January 2016. In 2015, Uber also set up a CoE in Hyderabad, with nearly 400 employees who focus on providing the customer support to riders and driver partners, including a dedicated Incident Response Team that manages critical incidents. ALSO READ: 5 ways Uber has changed itself for India
Amit Jain, President, Uber India and South Asia said, This is a significant landmark for Uber in India. Four years ago, India was the 18th country in the world to experience the magic of push a button and get a ride , when we launched in Bangalore with just 3 employees. Today, we re over a 1000 member team who share the common vision of redefining the future of urban mobility. ALSO READ: Uber is bringing in new driver policies in the next 6 months: Report