Online cab booking service Uber, which launched intercity shuttle services between Pune and Mumbai called UberINTERCITY in May, will now allow users to book UberX for intercity travel as well. The UberX option will cost users Rs 2,799 for a trip to anywhere in Mumbai from Pune and vice versa.
At launch, the UberINTERCITY option charged users Rs 3,999 to request a cab between the two cities. However, the app has now split this option into two; users can either get an SUV for Rs 3,999 or an UberX for Rs 2,799. Note that users will need to go to the UberINTERCITY tab where they will be provided with an option to select either an SUV or an UberX. Users will also need to need to have the entire fare amount preloaded in Paytm, before being able to book the cab.
Users will also be able to split the fare with others if they wish to do so. This can be done by tapping the ‘up arrow’ next to the driver’s info, selecting ‘split fare’ and then selecting users to split with. The selected users get a text message prompting them to download the app and sign up. Here they can confirm if they want to split the fare. The app then automatically splits the fare and deducts the shared amount from user accounts.
– Earlier this month, Uber resumed its payments via credit cards in India, 9 months after having stopped doing so. The company stopped such payments after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised concerns over two factor authentication and violation of foreign exchange laws in India. The company now allows for two factor authentication.
– In May, Uber upgraded its in-app SOS button which would enable it to have closer coordination with local police control rooms in case of an emergency. The company had mentioned that when users press the SOS button it would generate an alert automatically and send it directly to the local police control room.
– In April, Uber tied up with Zomato to let Zomato’s users instantly see the estimated pickup time, fare and travel time to the restaurant they are looking up, from their current location by an Uber taxi. As part of the integration, when users would search for a destination they would also get an option to book a ride with Uber which showed up in the public transportation pane.
– The same month, Uber launched an on-demand auto rickshaw service called uberAUTO on its platform in Delhi, that allowed users to book auto rickshaw rides in the city. Hired autos would ply at government approved metered fares and would have to be paid for in cash at the end of the ride.