In a new development, Uber is thinking of getting into the auto-rickshaw space. Business Standard reports that the company is branching out of its cab service space, and is foraying into auto rickshaw aggregation services, to give more competition to the likes of Olacabs. 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
Even though the report claims that executives are testing the service in New Delhi, Uber offered no confirmation when we contacted them. “If and when we are getting into auto (space) we will have a formal announcement to share,” the spokesperson told BGR India. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
The publication reports this development citing anonymous sources, who claim that the company is in the process of getting autos on board, but it might take several months before the service is launched.
This news comes in at a time when rivals Olacabs recently launched in-app bookings for auto-rickshaws in Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Ahmadabad, Delhi and Bangalore. Olacabs pays a commission of Rs 1,500 per month to every driver under the Olacabs’ umbrella, the report states. It is not sure how Uber plans to model its auto-rickshaw aggregation business.
Just last week, reports of Olacabs and Uber both being sent letters to stop operations in Delhi till their radio taxi license application process is not complete, surfaced. Olacabs, at that time, had said that they had not received any such notification, while Uber chose to not comment at all.
The fallout of the Uber rape case in December has had serious implications on the cab service companies in India. The companies have since then indulged heavily in introducing new safety measures and complying with government’s policies.