Uber announced the launch of its operations in Rajkot, making it the 60th city where its services are available. Encouraged by a positive response from the people of Gujarat, Uber has steadily expanded its geographical presence in the State, which, including Rajkot, now encompasses eight cities: Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Anand, Mehsana, Nadiad and Vapi.

The launch of Rajkot is in line with Uber’s vision to offer affordable and reliable transportation to millions of riders, and livelihood opportunities for hundreds of thousands of driver-partners across 200 Indian cities over the next 12 months.

Uber will commence its operations in Rajkot with its popular offering, Uber Auto. Convenient pick-up options, hassle-free rides, and digital payment options have made Uber Auto a popular travel option. Uber Auto also provides its community of driver-partners improved earnings and optimum utilization of their time, resulting in financial independence. In the coming months, Uber plans to expand its services with Uber Intercity to address the varied mobility needs of the city.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Krishna Veer Singh, Head – West India, Uber, said: “Strengthening our commitment to Gujarat, we are delighted to foray into Rajkot. The introduction of our service in this city will provide riders a reliable and economical travel solution to fully experience the city. Major areas in and around the city, including Railway station, bus stand, Yagnik Road, 150 feet Ring Road, will now be accessible on Uber Auto. The launch also aims to create micro-entrepreneurship opportunities for thousands of its driver-partners in the city of Rajkot. Continuing our success in Gujarat, we are excited about the growth prospects and demand from Rajkot.”

The safety of riders remains key for Uber. In the last one year, Uber has introduced various safety features such as RideCheck for proactive help; call anonymisation to protect the privacy of riders; comprehensive background checks of drivers; reminders to Check Your Ride before boarding; Share Trip for peace of mind; 24/7 Safety Helpline for any urgent assistance during the trip; insurance for riders and is also in the process of introducing Pin Verification for extra security.

Driver-partners have always been a core part of the business for Uber. Over the years, Uber has introduced comprehensive welfare schemes to improve the lives of its driver-partners. Initiatives like Uber Care and Uber Plus, industry-first programs for the driver-partner community, offer multiple benefits. With the Uber Care program, drivers across the country have availed a host of benefits such as Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Micro Loans, School Admissions under RTE & Free Doctor Consultations.

Getting started with Uber is easy:

• Download the app – Get the free Uber app from the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone and open the app to create your account.

• Request a ride – Enter your destination and choose a ride option. You’ll always see the price upfront.

• Enjoy your ride – You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.