wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

, ,

Uber launches Uber X in India and plans to launch in several tier-2 cities

uber-logoAfter starting their service in India last yearUber has launched its affordable service Uber X service in India. These cars will have a base price of Rs 50 and per kilometre charge of Rs 15 as opposed to UberBlack’s base price of Rs 90 and per kilometre charge Rs 25. It is also worth noting that the cancellation fee for Uber X is Rs 150 as opposed to Rs 200 for Uber Black.

uber_unavailableThe vehicles that will be used for Uber X service includes Maruti Swift Dzire, Toyota Etios and Nissan Sunny, while Uber Black has vehicles such as Toyota Altis, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Honda Accord.

The Uber app will now display a slider at the bottom that lets you select between the two offerings by the company. However, when we tried the service in Bangalore we couldn’t get any car. That’s one area that Uber really needs to work on. May be they have fewer cars on the road as part of this service since it just launched.

But what is Uber actually working on? 

It looks like the company is planning to roll out its service in more cities across the country. As of now Uber is available in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. The company is looking to hire operations & logistics managers, community managers, and general managers in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Kolkata, Pune and Surat.

Community managers are the people handling Uber accounts on Twitter and they focus on keeping users happy and on getting more users to try out their service. General Managers meanwhile work on marketing strategies for Uber in each city by creating local tie-ups and manage local regulatory concerns. Operations & logistics managers are in charge of fleet management and hiring drivers.

It is also worth noting that Uber is hiring a government relation manager who will engage policy makers, design regulatory proposals, analyze existing laws to understand their impact on Uber’s business and work on projects to ensure that the market remains open for Uber. This position has been vital in some markets like US and Europe where taxi unions ganged up against services like Uber. Co-founder and CEO of Olacabs Bhavish Aggarwal, had earlier said that he spends 25% of his time engaging with the government. So such a position might be of importance to Uber’s growth in India.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Competition: Uber X will compete against companies like Olacabs, Meru and TaxiForSure among others. Olacabs has a Mini offering for which it charges Rs 13 per kilometre, making it one of the cheapest service. Similarly Meru has Genie cabs. However, there are several people who will prefer Uber X since it’s cooler and slightly more reliable.

Also read: Google-Uber integration in India can wait, works on payment options instead

Written By

I'm passionate about technology and gaming. You can follow me <a>@chupchap</a>

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.


The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.


In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...


By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...


By Stella Joseph, Prakhil Mishra, and Yash Desai The Government of India circulated proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 (“E-Commerce Rules”) which...

You May Also Like


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ