Cab-hailing platform Uber relaunches its auto-service platform in India, which had been shut down in 2016. Now Uber auto service will be available in Bangalore and Pune.
The move is part of the company’s strategy to compete with local player Ola.
Riders can book auto through Uber app as they do for cabs. Ola had started auto service in 2014 in Chennai and Bangalore and is now operational across 73 cities with 1.2 lakh autos.
“Auto rickshaws are ubiquitous to mobility options in many Indian cities. To expand transportation choices for our riders, we excited to launch AUTO in Bangalore and Pune,” said Uber spokesperson.
The company is also planning to expand auto service to other major Indian cities this year.
“We are re-launching AUTO starting with two cities. Gradual geographical expansion like this is common to how we operate in cities around the world and it is something that we are looking at very closely,” added the spokesperson.
Uber said it wants to provide a convenient and safe trip for customers. Riders can make payments through cash, debit or credit card and Paytm.
India is one of the most growing business domains of Uber. So the company is planning to work on different strategies to stay ahead of the rivals.