Taxi hailing service Uber India will launch UberPOOL, its car-pooling service, in Bengaluru, starting Tuesday.
With UberPOOL, commuters can share a ride (while splitting the cost) with someone else travelling along the same route.
Uber’s move comes in the wake of the recent car-pooling initiative by the Bangalore Traffic Police to increase the utilisation of cars on road.
Bhavik Rathod, general manager at Uber said, “India is a top global priority for Uber along with China. With UberPOOL we’ll aim to achieve this vision, one we share with policy makers, to make Bangalore a city of the future.
A city that looks a whole lot greener, cleaner, and more efficient thanks to fewer cars and more shared rides.”
Uber operates UberPOOL in select markets like San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Austin and Paris. Last week, its competitor, Ola cabs had announced to launch shuttle bus service in Bengaluru and Gurgaon with 50 mini buses on nearly 100 routes.
Cab hailing service providers like Ridingo, Tripda, BlaBlaCars offer similar carpooling service in India.
Earlier this year, Uber had committed to invest $1 billion in India over the next nine months to improve operations, expand into newer cities, develop payment solutions and establish a robust support network.