Taking advantage of the Delhi government’s plan to allow cars with even-odd numbers on road on alternate days from January to reduce pollution in the national capital, Uber, the taxi-hailing app, will introduce a private-car pooling service from Wednesday.
“People in Delhi spend 90 minutes on average commuting to and from work each day. That’s eight hours a week getting to and from work–and a whopping 17 days a year. It’s a chronic waste of people’s time, and a drain on productivity. What’s more, the resulting traffic and pollution undermine everyone’s quality of life,” Uber said in an official blog post late Monday, explaining the rationale behind the new service launch.
In Delhi, travellers can choose to car-pool on Uber App using the UberGo option, and the app will pair other car poolers based on destination, the blog post said. The shared charges will be 10%-30% cheaper.
Uber will allow people to use the car-pool service after checking their identity. Car users can both either offer their private vehicles for car-pooling between 7 am and 9pm or choose to drive with other car owners using the Uber app, it said.
“By making it easier and more convenient for people going in the same direction at the same time to share the journey we can help cut congestion and pollution. It is a model that has worked in other cities,” the blog post read.
The San Fransico-based company has similar car pooling services on its app in many cities including its home-town.
The firm had introduced car pooling in India from Bangalore in October, and Delhi will be the second city.