tech2 News StaffAug 20, 2014 09:42:39 IST
The popular app based Uber taxi service has expanded its services in India. It is now available in Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Kolkata. The expansion means that Uber is now available in 10 cities and is the largest market for the company outside the US.
In an official blog post titled 'Kem Chho, Sat Sri Akal, Namaste, Kemon Aacho India!' , Uber writes, "What’s more interesting is that all this has happened in less than a year! Our first cars rolled out on 29th August, 2013 in Bangalore, and there began our love story with this amazing nation. Our riders and partners have welcomed Uber with open arms, and we have only grown from strength to strength since."
As an introductory offer to woo customers in the new cities, Uber India lets users download the app, sign up using the promo code ‘UBERLOVESINDIA’ and get 3 free rides worth Rs 200 each.
This offer is only for new users and will be valid until September 30. "During our testing phase we will have limited cars available; expect longer ETAs than usual. As they say, please ‘adjust’. We are working hard to add cars across all four cities and deliver the ultimate Uber experience," adds the report.
These days, Uber has been hitting headlines on a fairly frequent basis. It recently faced massive protests in Europe’s top cities for its app that summons rides at the touch of a button. It says it breaks local taxi rules, violates licensing and safety regulations and its drivers fail to comply with local insurance rules.
There have also been reports about Zuckerberg in ‘preliminary talks with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’ on the potential of embedding the service into the Facebook Messenger app. Currently, Facebook Messenger has more than 200 million monthly users, which could help Uber to reach out to a wider customer base.
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