Uber has shut down its autorickshaw service UberAUTO in Coimbatore and Indore. In a blog post, Uber said that it had discontinued the service from March 6 and encouraged users to book an UberGo cab instead in Coimbatore. Meanwhile, the company has not issued an official statement about shutting down UberAUTO in Indore but the option is not available on the app currently. Note that Uber has not provided any reasons to why they shut down the service in the cities. MediaNama has sent the following questions and will update once we hear from them. - Why was UberAuto shut down in these cities? - How many autorickshaw rides were taken in the cities? - How many auto drivers were a part of UberAuto? - What was the commission Uber was charging these drivers? UberAUTO was introduced in April 2016 in Coimbatore and in May 2016 in Indore. It had revised the UberAUTO fares upwards in November 2016 in Coimbatore. It used to charge a base fare of Rs 25 from the earlier Rs 15. The company used to charge customers Rs 6 per kilometer from the earlier Rs 3 per kilometer. Cancellation charges were increased to Rs 25 from Rs 15. Meanwhile, Uber used to charge Rs 3 per kilometer in Indore with a base fare of Rs 15 in Indore. Note that Uber had paused its autorickshaw services in the country in December 2015 and reintroduced the service in April 2016. At the time, the company said that…
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