Uber arrives in Sri Lanka

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Oct 22, 2015 (LBO) – Uber, a global ride sharing company in over 340 cities in 60 countries, launched in Sri Lanka, a statement said.

“At Uber, every city that we launch outperforms its predecessor and we expect nothing less from Colombo. In fact, for months now, we know that demand for Uber has been rapidly growing as more and more people and visitors are opening up the Uber app and trying to request rides in cities across Sri Lanka,” the company said in a statement.

“With over 1 million credit cards and 11 million debit cards in Sri Lanka and over 20 percent of the population on smartphones, Sri Lanka is poised for Uber,” the San Francisco-based company said.

“We bring our global technology, expertise and best practices in the on-demand mobility space, coupled with the hyperlocal knowledge of the local operations team in the city,”

Uber is a mobile app that connects people who needs a ride, to a private chauffeur service, to get around on-demand which launched in San Francisco in 2010 as a startup but a disruptive company.

The trip fare is calculated using GPS data via satellite, which is then forwarded to Uber’s servers for billing and immediate receipt generation.

At the end of the trip, the customer simply alights from the vehicle and goes on their way. The trip fare is billed automatically to the customer’s credit card and a receipt with journey details is emailed immediately after.

 

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day dreamer
day dreamer
6 years ago

What if the customer don’t have credit cards ? there are ppl who don’t use that in Sri lanka…?
Cant we pay cash?

pas
pas
6 years ago
Reply to  day dreamer

If a customer who doesn’t have a credit card and wish to use a taxi service like Uber, so called customer shouldn’t be exsist on this century.

Menukza
Menukza
6 years ago
Reply to  day dreamer

mcash/easy cash options will be available

day dreamer
day dreamer
6 years ago

Pick me is a good app

day dreamer
day dreamer
6 years ago

If a normal person who dont have smart phone, credit card etc cant use this app then what is the point of this app? only certain ppl can use it who are posh in Colombo ….

Dilshan Senaratne
Dilshan Senaratne
6 years ago
Reply to  day dreamer

A person who doesnt have a smart phone can’t use an app. that’s the basic requirement of an app.

Giabao
Giabao
6 years ago

good potential for many side businesses to 😛

Roshan Gunawardana
Roshan Gunawardana
6 years ago

There are no normal persons anymore, sorry for being harsh, but kuddos to those who still consider the new age to Elizabethan era.

expat
expat
6 years ago

this is service that is under legal investigation in many developed countries like France Spain England Australia China and our close neighbors India.
the main issue is who is eligible to become an UBER TAXI. the basic requirements are being of a legal age, a valid driving license and then a background check. the entire deal is done in the internet.
very recently uber was banned in some indian cities when an uber driver was charged with a rape allegation.
if i recall correct, uber is banned in some french and spanish cities. it is also under investigation in its own country, usa. one of the major issues is that it is not a registered taxi service, like the ones we see on the road.
uber taxi are not required to display logos or identification material, because it is all in the internet!!!

customer-protection
customer-protection
6 years ago

our ‘day dreamer’ here seems to be representing a business for which UBER is competition. Don’t be scared of competition ‘day dreamer’, if you can give a good service you will do well.

expat
expat
6 years ago

How to avoid Uber’s surge price: Scientists reveal how the car service’s algorithm increases prices – and how to beat it

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3295936/How-avoid-Uber-s-surge-price-Scientists-reveal-car-service-s-algorithm-increases-prices-beat-it.html

recently an american in england was charged GBP 166 for a 30 mile (48km) journey from Knightsbridge to Hertfordshire.

Asked for a comment, an Uber press officer remarked: ‘Due to our privacy policy we are unable to look up trips without the consent of the rider or partner-driver. We have not received any complaints in relation to this, and as such don’t have all the details. We would ask the rider to get in contact with us so we can look into this further.’