Uber Introduces Auto Rickshaw Service In Delhi With Payments To Be Made In Cash
After revolutionizing the taxi riding services in India, Uber is now introducing another type of ride hailing. The new service called UberAUTO will allow people to travel on rickshaws by making appointments via Uber app and pay the fare, whatever the government has approved, at the end of the journey without wasting time in negotiations.
“With this launch, not only will you be able to ride an auto without the hassles of flagging one off the street or negotiating your fare. You can simply pay for your ride in cash based on the government approved metered fare,” reads Uber blog.
With the new kind of hailing, Uber is offering a new method of payments too. For the first time on its ride sharing platform, Uber will allow users to make payments in cash.
Permission for cash payments may not make much difference for people in West where credit cards are used pretty conveniently. But in countries like India where payments through banks are not a very common activity, it will be indeed a blessing for the users.
Uber’s service follows its competitor Ola’s huge fund raise of $315 million from DST Global, and few other returning investors.
Ola has been offering cash payments since the inauguration of its cab service, and has even gone one step further in facilitating its users with cashless payments. Users just have to pre-load their mobile wallets and they can move to places which can be visited in with the fare that not exceeds total amount in wallet.
For the time being, Uber will serve people with zero profits. It may start looking for the financial gains once it gets approval from government for its services. Since the tragic rape incident with one of its passenger, Uber has been trying to comply with local government’s regulations.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.