Uber for Business, the online cab hailing company’s service for corporate clients, will be charging companies for using the service now, reports Fortune. The publication added that Uber will be charging a 10% for all businesses using it. MediaNama has reached out to Uber for a comment and whether it will apply to India as well and will update once we hear from them.
Update: A spokesperson for the company said that the information in the Fortune report is not ‘relevant’ for Indian users. The spokesperson added that the fee will not apply to India. Full text:
Just looked into this, the information in the article is not relevant for Indian customers, and we continue to have various pricing models in India to best serve our customers’ requirements.
Uber for Business was launched in 2014 and at the time, the service was free for companies to sign up. This service was targeted at small and mid-sized companies and allows them to set up corporate accounts with Uber and manage the travels of their employees. The company mentions that this platform offers a centralized billing system and a travel dashboard that employers can use to manage travel budgets.
In April, the company launched a service for corporate clients called Uber Central which will allow them to get centralized transportation for customers, clients, and guests. It would allow an organization to manage multiple rides at the same time through a dashboard and the Fortune report adds that business customers are being charged for the service which has premium features.
This development follows a major revamp for Uber for Business product this August where it streamlined processes for HR managers, as indicated by this TechCrunch report. With this update, managers could create programs which could limit the type of car used, the total amount riders could spend, set geographic limits, and time limits.
New products in India
Over the last few months, Uber has been steadily increasing the number of products in India. They include:
– UberHIRE which will allow users to hire a cab for up to 12 hours. It will be available in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vizag and Nagpur and Kochi.
– UberEATS, its standalone on-demand meal delivery app. The company is taking user input by asking them to list their favourite restaurants in their city, other than independently getting restaurants and cab drivers onboard.
– Telematics features for drivers to predict and prevent accidents and to track performance. The feature is currently live in Bangalore and will now be made available to all drivers in 29 cities Uber is present in.
– It also launched real-time ID check for drivers using selfies. Currently, live in Bangalore it will be made available to all drivers in 29 cities.