Uber’s bike hailing service, UberMOTO, has made its way to the second city in India, Hyderabad. A few weeks back the company had dropped a hint of launching the service in the city of Nizams, and it has finally been launched today.
Starting today, 30th January, uberMOTO will be an option on the Uber app for citizens of Hyderabad. In the new Uber app, users will see the cheapest uberMOTO option first, which they will be able to avail if it is available in their area.
UberMOTO will go live in Hyderabad during the second half of Monday i.e. January 30, 2017 and will be one of the most affordable transportation options in the city, with fares as low as Rs. 25 for the first 3 km and Rs. 5 per km thereafter, rounded up to the nearest km. Time charges won’t be applicable on uberMOTO.
Riders receive driver and bike details just as they do for other Uber rides, as well as all standard safety features before, during and after the ride including requisite insurance coverage which covers the riders, GPS tracking, two-way feedback and the ability to share trip details with family and friends.
UberMOTO drivers will have one helmet for the rider, and all riders and drivers must wear a helmet, as per the law. Booking and taking a ride on a bike work exactly the way they do for other vehicles.
UberMOTO will be available from 8 AM to 10 PM every day in a few areas to start with and will continue to expand across the city. The areas are APHB Colony, Weaker Section Colony, Kondapur, Whitefields, Chanda Naik Thanda, Hitech City, Telecom Nagar, Madhapur and Gachibowli.
Only trips that start within these areas and end within these areas will be available for UberMOTO riders. If you want Uber to expand this service to your area in Hyderabad, fill and submit a form available here.
UberMOTO is extremely convenient for short trips, especially when you’re alone and don’t want to spend the extra amount for a short ride. The bikes can easily zip in the traffic and almost reduce your travel time by 5-10 mins.
As the company increases its presence in India and plans a country-wide launch of bike taxis, Travis Kalanick hopes the Government of India, and State Governments, join hands with Uber to promote bike taxis and reduce traffic, pollution and increase jobs in these states.
Source: Uber Newsroom