New Delhi: Uber Inc., the world’s most valuable start-up, plans to extend UberMOTO, its two-wheeler transportation service, to all parts of India, co-founder and chief executive officer Travis Kalanick said on Friday.
“(Uber’s) second-largest engineering workforce outside SF (San Francisco) is in Hyderabad. I think we have 800 people there but it also means we can roll out new services… We haven’t been able to get MOTO up and running everywhere in India, but Hyderabad really stepped up which is really good for the city…and we are hopefully going to do MOTO across India,” Kalanick said at an event in New Delhi.
UberMOTO will be rolled out in Hyderabad in January, Mintreported Tuesday. Uber has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd to extend last-mile services with the help of UberMOTO.
“It is part of our mission to bring less traffic, less pollution, more income opportunity, create jobs. We already have 200,000 drivers on Uber network in India; making a living and owning a vehicle which is a matter of pride,” said Kalanick.
Not all states in India allow bike taxis in India. For instance, UberMOTO is only present in Gurgaon in the National Capital Region centred on Delhi.
In March this year, both Uber and its local rival Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) had to pull off their two-wheeler taxis in Bengaluru, when the state authority put a ban on the service.
Uber and Ola are competing to take lead in the ride-hailing market in India, especially after Uber sold off its China business to local rival Didi Kuaidi in August. India is Uber’s second largest market after the US, comprising 12% of the global number of rides.
Uber India president Amit Jain had said in a September interview that the online taxi service’s completed trips rose from 165,000 a week in January 2015 to 1.6 million in January 2016 and 5.5 million at the end of August. Uber has operations across 28 cities in India.
The San Francisco-headquartered firm has launched a number of initiatives in India this year, including Kalanick’s participation in the government’s Start-Up India programme that was launched in January. Later, it announced a start-up mentorship programme called UberEXCHANGE in partnership with Invest India, the investment promotion and facilitation agency of the Indian government.