Uber launches rickshaw service in Pakistan

Published: October 15, 2016
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The service will initially be available only in Lahore. PHOTO: UBER

The service will initially be available only in Lahore. PHOTO: UBER

KARACHI    : Ride-hailing behemoth Uber has launched a new service called UberAuto in Pakistan.

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Starting in Lahore, the company will now offer rides in rickshaws, Pakistan cheapest and most popular mode of travel. The new service will indeed increase Uber’s user base, reeling in more people who prefer the traditional three-wheeler over cars.

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The new service can possibly end the hassle of hailing rickshaws on the road and negotiating rates as Uber aims to innovate the rickshaw segment of the transport industry.

Uber has been facing serious competition from Careem, its sole competitor in Pakistan and the new service may provide the company an edge over its rival.

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This is not the first time the ride-hailing service has launched a rickshaw service as the company announced the same in India last year. However, the service was suspended after a mere 8 months.

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This move by Uber also pitches it against Travly. A ride-hailing service with local origins, Travly started off as a start-up three years ago and was able to raise $200,000 in seed investment from Cres Ventures.

UberGo services currently are currently priced at Rs. 6.84/km and Rs. 3.15/minute, and the company suggests its new UberAuto service will come in much cheaper.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Oct 17, 2016 - 8:29AM

    Ah… same old rickshaws.. Really safe, quiet and efficient… Recommend

  • arshad farid
    Oct 17, 2016 - 12:24PM

    well this service (UBER) will beat the local Rickshaws services, who demand rent by their own, as much as they want. they don’t have Gov rent list, they have their own rent list, say tata to local ones……. :-) Recommend

  • rashid
    Nov 5, 2016 - 12:15PM

    guys be carefull before cancelation of trip on uber, if driver regected your request. it will charge u on next trip.Recommend

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