Uber opts for Cash With New Rickshaw Service in India

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Uber has announced the launch of UberAuto in Dehli, India,which targets the city’s three-wheeled rickshaws. Uber now has four services in India which include UberAuto, UberGo, UberX, and UberBlack. Uber said the service is  “a cash-only service for now,” with fares calculated using existing transport regulations.

The service works just like  any other Uber service.  Users open the app, select UberAuto from the options, and wait for a driver to confirm.Uber integrated Paytm wallet service into payment options in India though customers need not have cash in the wallet as the service takes cash.  “When it comes to getting around Delhi, auto-rickshaws are a staple. We recognise the history and value of autos to the transportation landscape. For us, uberAUTO is another way of using technology to offer more choice, making life simpler and keep Delhi moving,” Uber said in a blog post.

Uber launched in New Delhi at the beginning of the year after a six weeks ban following rape allegations . In order to resume its operations, Uber applied for a license  under the India’s  Radio Taxi Act 2006 which ultimately led to Uber operating taxi services.  following the alleged rape, Uber said there were plans to introduce an in-app SOS button in its cars, and new safety procedures including implementing independent background checks on all drivers. This might mark the entry of Uber into the low segment market and may be replicated in other markets including Kenya.