Earlier this year, Uber introduced cash as a payment option for rides. Since then Uber has slowly expanded this service to most cities across the country, and today adds Bangalore and Delhi to that list. 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
Introducing cash payments in India was not only an anti-thesis of Uber s business model around the world, but also showed just how important India was to the taxi aggregator. Cash payments were initially started in Hyderabad, and then expanded to four more cities namely, Ahmadabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Kochi. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
Since then Uber has introduced cash payments with every new city it has debuted in. In other words, Uber riders can pay with cash in Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mysore, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, and Visakhapatnam.
Despite the addition of Bangalore and Delhi, there is still one glaring omission in the list Mumbai. Uber however has promised that the service will soon be introduced in the city.
Uber recently announced that it will invest $1 billion or Rs 6,400 crores in its Indian operations in the next nine months. Last month, it also announced that Tata Opportunities Fund too plans on investing as much as $100 million in the cab aggregating service.