Uber, the US-based cab service provider, has launched an aggregator service for the commuters to book autorickshaws to roam around in the national capital Delhi. It has facilitated the customers to pay the fare in cash for the auto-rickshaw service, unlike its its taxi-service. In 2014, mobile app-based cab aggregator Ola launched a similar service in Delhi for its customers.
"Autos are the most ubiquitous transport in almost any city and Indians are used to having autos around. It simply makes more sense for the auto driver and commuter to connect via our platform and use the advantage of new technologies," Uber's Delhi GM Gagan Bhatia told PTI. Bhatia also added that the company's vision is to bring the Uber experience to more people and "uberAUTO is another step in this direction." The company said the pricing would be in accordance with the fare rules set out by Delhi state authorities and Uber will not charge any fee for the service.
The company has been in headlines since December 2014, after one of its driver allegedly raped a passenger in the city. Soon after that, the government blocked its services in the city, however, the company did not suspend its operations. The government is now mulling to block its app services and has already asked Department of Electronics and Information Technology about the same.