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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 to Double its Workforce in The Year 2019

The Uber's IPO move came a day after Lyft, its main competitor in the US, deposited paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an IPO

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Uber to double down on hiring techies in India, files for an IPO. VOA

Online ride-hailing platform Uber has announced to double its workforce in the product and engineering departments — from over 500 to more than 1,000 ‘technologists’ — at its Bengaluru and Hyderabad facilities next year.

Uber India aims to hire full-stack teams that include product managers, product designers, data scientists, user researchers, mobile, front-end and back-end engineers, as well as Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts, the company said in a statement late Friday.

“In 2018, our tech teams grew by 150 per cent and we are focused on doubling down again in 2019,” said Apurva Dalal, Head of Engineering, Uber India.

According to the company, its tech centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad are critical to the global mission of developing urban mobility solutions for everyone.

“Engineers are working on exciting areas of Customer Engagement, Rider access (next billion riders), Uber Eats, Maps, Marketplace and Data platforms,” informed Dalal.

Uber said it will continue to hire talent from top engineering universities in the country.

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

Uber Engineering India has developed some key innovations such as Uber Lite which is a lighter and faster version of the main app.

Uber currently operates in 31 cities in the country and aims to take its services to other, deeper parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the cab hailing app has filed paperwork for its initial public offering (IPO), The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday citing people familiar with the matter.

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The details of Uber’s filing, including the exact day of filing the paperwork, were not known.

According to reports, the company’s most recent private valuation was $76 billion, when it sold a roughly $500 million stake to car maker Toyota.

The Uber’s IPO move came a day after Lyft, its main competitor in the US, deposited paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an IPO. (IANS)