Uber has launched its car pooling service called ‘Uber Pool’ in India.
According to the TechCrunch, the service is firstly being started in Bengaluru, which becomes the first city in India and the sixth city worldwide for the Uber Pool service.
A spokesperson said Uber believes that adoption of carpooling services in the country could dramatically reduce traffic congestion. The carpooling service allows the commuters with collinear start and end points to share a vehicle, thus reducing the cost of their ride.
The move is indicative of Uber’s aspirations for its role in the India, a market where it claims to be experiencing 40 percent month-on-month growth.
Bhavik Rathod, the general manager of Uber Bengaluru, said in a statement that with Uber Pool they will aim to achieve that vision, one they share with policy makers to make Bangalore a city of the future, one that looks a whole lot greener, cleaner, and more efficient thanks to fewer cars and more shared rides.
The informal car pooling services are widespread in the country at prices incredibly low by Uber’s normal standards.
The company has not yet released price estimates for rides in Bengaluru, but it claims that Uber Pool commuters can reduce ride costs by up to 50 percent.