Uber hits Dhaka roads

Dhaka,  Fri,  09 December 2016
Published : 22 Nov 2016, 13:20:11 | Updated : 22 Nov 2016, 14:18:29

Uber to launch cab service in Dhaka today

Uber, the smartphone app that has transformed urban mobility for millions across the world, is launching in Bangladesh today (Tuesday). The world's largest on-demand mobility platform will be available in Dhaka to offer 'safe, reliable, and affordable rides' at the push of a button while opening up flexible, economic opportunities for driver-partners.

“As we roll out our services in Dhaka, we are excited to partner with Bangladesh’s leading telecom partner Grameenphone with their most powerful 3G network that will elevate the experience for our riders and drivers,” says an Uber media release.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, State Minister of ICT Division, Bangladesh says he is ‘very excited’ to have Uber in Dhaka as a part of government’s efforts to build smart cities.

"In countries across the world, Uber has been a glaring example of sharing economy and bringing efficiency in our urban life. Uber has the potential to bring untapped economic opportunity to Bangladesh”, The Minister said.

Amit Jain, President, Uber India & South Asia, said that Uber has a simple goal to use technology to make the cities more accessible while reducing congestion and pollution.

“Grameenphone’s partnership with Uber will enable our customers to use Uber’s innovative service in a very convenient way. We believe this partnership will be a tremendous addition to the digital lifestyle of our customers”, said YasirAzman, Chief Marketing Officer, Grameenphone Ltd.

To get Uber service one must download the free app from the Apple store or Google Play. Later, they will be required to sign up using their phone numbers and emails. Following passengers' requests, driver will pick them up within minutes. At the end of the trips, riders will just need to pay them in cash.

A total of 450 cities in 74 countries are currently having Uber service. On average, more than five million Uber trips happen each day globally.

- TM
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