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Uber Partners with Bajaj to Launch Bajaj Qute in Bengaluru

The Bajaj Qute is essentially a driver-plus-three-passenger-quadricycle - a four-wheeled vehicle

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According to the company, Qute's low running cost makes it suitable for daily commuting and it is easy to drive. Pixabay

Ride-hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced partnering with Bajaj Auto to introduce its Bajaj Qute passenger quadricycle in its fleet of UberXS services.

The Bajaj Qute is essentially a driver-plus-three-passenger-quadricycle – a four-wheeled vehicle that’s smaller and lighter than a passenger car.

“We are delighted to partner with one of India’s most trusted names, Bajaj Auto, to launch Bajaj Qute on UberXS in Bengaluru. At Uber, we constantly work towards transforming the mobility landscape of cities, with technology at the heart of our solutions,” Nandini Maheshwari, Head, Business Development, Uber India and South Asia, said in a statement.

“This partnership is an extension of Uber’s commitment towards lowering transportation costs, enhancing asset utilisation and improving rider convenience.”

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Ride-hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced partnering with Bajaj Auto. Pixabay

According to the company, Qute’s low running cost makes it suitable for daily commuting and it is easy to drive because of dash mounted sequential shift gears.

All units available as UberXS rides would be powered by the eco-friendly CNG fuel option, which provides a mileage of 43km/kg.

UberXS is a brand-new category in the India region and would initially offer Bajaj Qute exclusively in Bengaluru.

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Uber’s riders would be able to see UberXS on the app starting Thursday and it would be available in Indiranagar, Kormanagala, HSR Layout and parts of the outer ring road in Bengaluru. (IANS)

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Uber Incorporates Several Changes to its App for Drivers to Improve their Experience

Earlier in May, ride-hailing drivers in cities across the US went on strike to protest unfair pay, poor working conditions and lack of transparency from Uber

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

Amid rising tensions over workers rights, global ride-hailing major Uber has incorporated several changes to its app for drivers to improve the experience for both newer as well as seasoned drivers.

Uber is testing out several new features for drivers, including a scrolling feed of promotions and gamified ‘quests’ that would be viewable before drivers sign in to start driving, The Verge reported on Thursday.

For newer drivers, there would be a ‘simulated trip’ to walk them through the virtual steps of their first ride before they commit to actually picking up passengers.

The update on Uber’s app comes at a time when ride-hailing drivers are supporting legislation in California that would reclassify them as employees rather than contractors.

The app would also give notifications to drivers for longer than average trips.

Uber app.

When drivers need to cancel a trip, the app would allow them to specify the reasons why – while a new feature would automatically accept the next trip to help the drivers earn the ‘consecutive trip’ bonus paid out by Uber, the report said.

Critics have dismissed these ‘gamified’ features as psychological tricks meant to keep drivers on the road longer.

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However, Uber argues that these features are popular with drivers because they often put more money in their pockets.

Earlier in May, ride-hailing drivers in cities across the US went on strike to protest unfair pay, poor working conditions and lack of transparency from Uber. (IANS)