Uber launches bikesharing product UberMOTO’s pilot in Gurgaon
After Bengaluru, taxi-hailing app Uber on Tuesday launched a pilot of its bikesharing product -- uberMOTO -- in Gurgaon.
“Uber today announced a pilot of Uber’s bikesharing product - uberMOTO in Gurgaon... This follows our agreement with the government of Haryana to introduce technology based ride-sharing services in the state,” it said in a statement. The company has set minimum fare at Rs 15, followed by Rs 3 per km and Rs 1 per min of ride-time charges. The minimum fare is Rs 20. It will compete with companies like Baxi.
“UberMOTO works towards the vision of reducing congestion by helping fill every empty seat on the bikes on road. It enables riders to push a button and share a motorbike ride within minutes,” Uber Delhi General Manager Gagan Bhatia said. It’s a great way for people to save time and money on short trips across town and provides last mile connectivity -- especially to and from the metro stations, he added.
Also, Uber will not charge any service fee for the duration of this pilot and will submit a key findings report to the Government, analysing the benefits of bikesharing in the city.
The US-based company had launched a pilot for the product in Bengaluru earlier this month but state road authorities had complained that it lacked requisite permissions to offer two-wheeler taxi service. Uber said it had extensive discussions with the relevant authorities and made modifications to the pilot service.
It had said it will also not charge any service fee for the period of this pilot and was essentially encouraging “bikepooling” aimed at decongesting city roads.