Uber, the cab hailing operator, has announced a new car-pooling service called UberPOOL. Starting from Bengaluru, UberPOOL will be available in its beta version in the coming weeks. UberPOOL is already a favourite in places like San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Austin and Paris.
Bhavik Rathod, GM, Bengaluru, Uber, says, "India is a top global priority for Uber along with China. We're thrilled to announce that we'll be bringing Uber's ground-breaking product UberPOOL to India very soon. Our vision for UberPOOL means helping solve some of the toughest problems cities are facing today, whether it's congestion, pollution, or lack of access to transportation. With UberPOOL we'll aim to achieve this vision, one we share with policy makers, to make Bengaluru a city of the future - a whole lot greener, cleaner and more efficient thanks to fewer cars and more shared rides. We know UberPOOL has the ability to help us achieve this and Bengaluru, our first city in India, will serve as the ideal proving ground."
UberPOOL will launch soon in beta in select cities in India to gain insights from commuter adoption and usage. Uber launched in India less than two years ago. Today, the service is available in 22 Indian cities - more than in any other country outside United States. With its current base of over 165,000 driver entrepreneurs and continued robust growth, Uber has quickly gained significant market share in India.