At Uber, our mission is to create opportunities through movement and we are building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people move through cities, we are a platform that opens up a world of new possibilities.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our services in Warangal, Telangana, marking the expansion to 100 cities across India. Initially, we have made a range of Auto and Car products available on our platform.
We launched in India in 2013, and quickly became the ride sharing platform of choice by offering convenient, affordable and safe ways to get from point A to point B. Since then, we have served nearly 95 million riders and drivers, till date.
Since our launch, we have and continue to launch industry-first products like Rentals, UberConnect, Auto, Moto and features such as driver tipping, 24*7 Safety Helpline, Call Anonymisation, and many more. India represents a tremendous opportunity for Uber. With the popularity of two and three-wheeled products at affordable price points, the company has a goal of expanding to 200 cities.
Congratulating us on this milestone, K. T. Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister of Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries, and IT & Commerce, Govt. of Telangana, said, “We thank Uber for launching this critical ride-sharing service for the residents of Warangal. Easy and smart mobility solutions are at the heart of building smart cities and public, private collaborations such as this can go a long way in building efficient connectivity between the three urban cities of Kazipet, Hanamkonda and Warangal as well as providing first and last mile connectivity to the railway stations and airport.”
At Uber, communities matter to us and we are proud of what we have achieved in India in the last 8 years. Over the years, we have changed how the world moves by powering billions of rides and deliveries, connecting millions of riders, businesses, drivers, and couriers across the world at a scale like no other. We aim to amplify the company’s success with the help of technology and product innovation as we develop customer-first products for our global and Indian market. Our India journey is only just beginning and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones in the years to come.
At the onset of the pandemic, Uber launched UberMedic, Uber Essential, Last Mile Delivery, and offered free rides to healthcare workers and vulnerable communities to #MoveWhatMatters during the lockdown. Earlier this year, as a part of Uber’s larger commitment to help India move forward, Uber pledged free rides worth INR 10 Cr to the Government of India and other reputed NGOs like HelpAge India, Robin Hood Army, American India Foundation, and UNESCO to remove transportation as a barrier for vaccination beneficiaries.
In April 2021, Uber began a campaign to support vaccinations by compensating drivers for the time spent in getting the shots. As of November, 2021, almost 300,000 drivers on Uber’s platform have received at least one COVID vaccine shot.