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Uber launches #SwitchToPool Campaign in Six Cities in India to Promote Carpooling

Uber will encourage more riders to use uberPool by making it the default option on the app for riders

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New Delhi, December 12, 2016: In its bid to promote carpooling, online cab service provider Uber on Monday launched #SwitchToPool campaign in six cities — New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai — where it currently provides its uberPOOL facility.

With uberPOOL, the company aims to find a solution to the rising pollution levels and congestion in the Indian cities.

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“Our experience across cities in India and globally shows that alternate methods of commute, carpooling and ride-sharing have made a tangible difference. Today, more than 20 per cent of our rides are on uberPOOL in the cities where we offer the service,” said Amit Jain, President of India and South Asia, Uber, in a statement.

Uber will encourage more riders to use uberPool by making it the default option on the app for riders and rolling out special ‘pledge and win offers’ through the end of the year.

The company will also share the impact made by riders across India on the environment by switching to pool through a live microsite that will be updated on a daily basis.

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Additionally, riders will get a weekly update on their personal contribution to encourage them to continue to be part of the solution.

This is how it works.

Input your destination, select the uberPOOL option and each pool ride can accommodate you and one or two other passengers heading in the same direction.

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“Shared rides are up to 50 per cent cheaper than travelling solo on uberGO, irrespective of the destination and adds just a couple of minutes to the total ride time,” the company said.

As part of the #SwitchToPOOL campaign, Uber will also announce promotional offers to raise awareness among citizens. (IANS)

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Uber Launches ‘Movement’ In Bengaluru, India

We are excited to launch this platform and its benefits for Bengalureans to encourage better infrastructure: Uber India

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Toyota Motor Corp. recently invested $500 million in working with Uber on self-driving technology for the ride-hailing service.

After successful launches in Delhi and Mumbai, US-based ride-sharing giant Uber on Wednesday rolled out “Movement” for Bengaluru.

“Movement” is a free urban planning tool accessible through movement.uber.com.

It allows people access to data on traffic patterns and travel times for any time-period and across all possible lengths of the city.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

“Through sustained efforts by our mapping team, we have been able to gather large amounts of traffic and congestion data for Bengaluru,” Christian Freese, Uber spokesperson, said in a statement.

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“We are excited to launch this platform and its benefits for Bengalureans to encourage better infrastructure, city planning and data driven policy solutions that will utilize technology to make the city more efficient,” Freese added.(IANS)

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