Two days from now, US-based cab aggregator Uber will have its car pooling service in three more Indian States. The company will expand its carpooling service to Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai starting June 5. The UberPool service, has now been active in Indian states of Delhi and Bengaluru, for six months.
Uberpool enables people going the same way at the same time to share their journey. This enables not just sharing expenses but also leads to lesser underutilized cabs on the same route at any given time. The Uber app makes this as simple for the user as clicking a button. This also leads to lesser congestion on the roads and this trend became a hit when the Odd Even rule was implemented in the city. Uber India President Amit Jain told PTI that –
“Since the launch of uberPOOL in Delhi and Bengaluru, 25 per cent of all trips in the two cities are now on Uberpool”
Owing to its popularity and advantages. Uber’s local rival, Ola also started offering, Ola Share, a product based on similar lines. Jain adds –
“Apart from reducing congestion and pollution in our cities over time, uberpool also means results in riders having to pay less and drivers spending less idle time between rides. It is a simple yet powerful example of how we can use technology to transform our cities,…Since the start of this year, uberPOOL riders in India have cut the number of kilometres driven down by seven million, which translates to over 300,000 litres of fuel saved… In Delhi and Bengaluru, over 50,000 riders are opting to share their trip via uberPOOL each week,”
The company claims that an estimated 798 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions cut have been achieved with users using Uberpool.