Uber has launched another service in Thailand, this time, it’s first motorbike service. According to Uber; motorbikes are widely used as a means of transportation in Bangkok due to severe traffic congestion, that’s why the company has chosen to use them.
“Over 1,500 new cars hit the streets of Bangkok every day. That is more than double the number than just a few years ago. Unsurprisingly traffic speeds have now dropped to under 16km/h (just 11km/h during rush hour) and the average daily commute now takes 120 minutes. This kind of congestion is bad for productivity in Bangkok and the resulting pollution undermines everyone’s quality of life. Said Uber. It’s why we’re so excited to launch our new UberMOTO service as a pilot in Bangkok starting today.”
UberMOTO pilot kicked off in Bangkok on Wednesday. Now users can order the UberMOTO from within the UberApp the same way they would order a car. As regards safety, Uber is partnering with the Thai Traffic Police and Head Awareness Club (HAC) to help promote safety on hectic roads in Bangkok and also the company has said it will supply their passengers with helmets and each motorcycle driver will have the same background checks as its car chauffeurs.
After the service was announced, Uber said it expects demand to be high and urges users to be patient because it might take several trials to get a motorbike. Transportation fares start at 10THB that’s about $0.30 as a base and it will cost 3.5THB ($0.10) per kilometer or 0.85 THB ($0.025) per minute thereafter.
Uber motobike will be launched later outside Bangkok, for now the company hasn’t specified when or where.
Uber an American multinational online taxi dispatch company headquartered in San Francisco, California, was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009. Its Uber mobile app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. In 2014 Uber was ranked by Klout as the 48th-most powerful company in America. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5 billion.