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Bengaluru, Hyderabad saw highest number of shared cab rides in 2017: Uber

Uber claimed that one of its customers in Delhi-NCR took as many as 1,969 trips during the year -- an average of 5 rides per day

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Uber will adopt a policy of one share, one vote and has also set a deadline for the closely held company to go public in the next two years	photo: reuters

Global app-based taxi aggregator on Tuesday revealed that Bengaluru and Hyderabad had seen the highest number of shared cab trips through its ‘UberPOOL’ service in 2017. Kolkata and Delhi saw the next highest numbers. Among some of the interesting trends the company shared for 2017, one of its users in the Delhi-NCR region took as many as 1,969 trips during the year -- an average of five rides a day. "In 2017, we were focused on moving from a startup to a sustainable business in India.

As a result, we recorded double-digits growth and continue to clock over 1 million trips a day," Amit Jain, president, India and South Asia said in a statement. He pointed out that the company has also launched products that encourage ridesharing and complement public transportation through reliable first and last mile connectivity. Uber's busiest day in the country is Fridays and the busiest hour of the week is 6 pm, when riders make a getaway from work, the company said, adding the maximum rides this year was on August 11. Bangalore and Hyderabad saw the highest number of uberPool trips, followed by Kolkata and Delhi. Globally too, riders from India took Ubers in 566 cities spanning 80 countries. The most-popular travel destinations include the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Britain and the UAE, noted. It hit the 500 millionth trip milestone on July 17 this year. Further, India emerged as the second-largest contributor to the global milestone, of reaching 5 billion rides by May this year. It also launched UberEats here and expanded into six cities in seven months.

First Published: Tue, December 12 2017. 16:00 IST