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uberASSIST: Specialised service for disabled and elderly

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New Delhi: Uber, the app-based taxi service, introduced ‘uberASSIST’, which will provide specialised service for the disabled and the elderly. The service is the first such move in the capital and will become operational from Thursday, December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

“Already present in other markets worldwide, Delhi will be the first city in India where Uber is rolling out this service,” said an Uber spokesman to the Times of India.

The driver partners who would be a part of this service will be trained to assist differently-abled or elderly passengers in getting on or off the cab. The drivers will also learn how to store and fold their wheelchairs, walkers, and scooters for transport. Moreover, safety requirements and other necessary bits of knowledge will be imparted to them.

“This will involve visible and invisible disability awareness and communication tips to provide an excellent experience to riders,” added spokesperson Gagan Bhatia.

Uber has come into a partnership with iCare Life to provide its “top” drivers with this specialized training, which will inform drivers how to effectively cooperate with such passengers. They will learn how to ask the right questions and do the right things, so that the passengers have an enjoyable journey.

To access the service, it needs to unlocked first through the Uber mobile app, by typing and entering the code ‘ASSISTDEL’ in the promotions tab. “Select the ‘uberASSIST’ option above the slider, set your location and get your ride,” said the Uber official.

“I use wheelchair and I have experienced the challenges persons with disabilities face in intra-city travel, as cars aren’t accessible and drivers insensitive to our needs,” said Nipun Malhotra of Nipman Foundation, an organization working for the differently-abled.

This Uber service would “soon” be available in other Indian cities.

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Uber Announces Partnership with SUN Mobility to Deploy E-Autos in India

As part of the alliance, SUN Mobility will offer its unique energy infrastructure platform, which includes swappable smart batteries

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This partnership will be piloted across select cities in the coming months, Uber said. Pixabay

Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced a partnership with SUN Mobility to deploy e-autos in India.

This partnership will be piloted across select cities in the coming months, Uber said.

As part of the alliance, SUN Mobility will offer its unique energy infrastructure platform, which includes swappable smart batteries and quick interchange stations to select original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for building e-autos.

Fleet owners and Uber’s driver partners will benefit because they can buy vehicles without the battery to save money on initial acquisition costs.

Uber, SUN Mobility, E-Autos
Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced a partnership with SUN Mobility to deploy e-autos in India. Flickr

They will receive charged, swappable batteries as a service by SUN Mobility, thereby helping bring the overall cost of e-autos in line with their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterpart.

“We are delighted to partner with SUN Mobility, an industry pioneer to try to usher in a wave of electric vehicles in the mass market category,” Pradeep Parameswaran, President Uber, India and South Asia, said in a statement.

“This is an important step forward in fulfilling our vision for creating a mobility ecosystem that is sustainable, provides cleaner air and helps build smarter cities across the region,” Parameswaran said.

SUN Mobility is a 50:50 joint venture between Maini Group and SUN Group, pioneers in areas of electric mobility and clean energy.

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The company was launched in April 2017 and is led by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva which was renamed Mahindra Electric, and Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group.

“Our mission is to give users a cost-effective and convenient energy infrastructure solution to accelerate the adoption of Evs,” said Maini, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of SUN Mobility.

“Partnering with Uber, the leading global player in personal mobility, will help create a wide EV landscape at scale, that will transform the way people commute,” Maini said. (IANS)