After Ola, US-based Taxi-hailing company Uber has now launched ‘UberHIRE‘ in nine Indian cities that will allow users to hire a cab for up to 12 hours. The service, which saw a successful pilot in Kochi, is being rolled out today in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vizag and Nagpur, and will be expanded to other cities over the next few weeks.
UberHIRE is a time-based offering that allows users to make trips punctuated with multiple stop overs, Uber said in a blogpost.
The service is evidently Uber’s answer to its rapidly-growing Indian rival Ola’s rental service, Ola Rental, that launched last year.
The minimum fare on UberHIRE would be Rs 449-649 ($7- $10) depending on the city for two hours and up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles). And beyond that, riders would be charged at Rs 2 per minute and Rs 12 (17 cents) per kilometer, said Uber in a statement.