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Uber launches cash payment for rides in Sri Lanka


Sep 06, 2016 (LBO) - Uber, the smartphone app that connects riders to drivers, has launched cash payments as an option in Colombo giving users options to choose between credit or debit cards or cash when paying. “We know that cash is still the dominant payment option for people around the world, especially in emerging economies," said Bhavik Rathod, general manager South and West, India and Sri Lanka for Uber.
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"The cash experiment in Hyderabad last year was extremely successful and resulted in the roll out of this option in several other cities, around the world, with Colombo, being the 131st city to offer this option." By giving riders cash payments as an option, we are able to better meet the needs of a rapidly growing and fast-evolving consumer base, he said. Over the last year and half, Uber’s product and engineering teams have worked tirelessly to create a seamless cash payment experience that is truly Uber, Rathod added. Last year, Hyderabad was selected as the first city for this experiment, followed a few weeks later by the second global city to test cash, Nairobi. Riders will have access to all the current Uber features when it comes to paying for their ride. Some riders might not immediately see the option as the feature will be rolled out gradually over the next few weeks. Uber says it has enjoyed tremendous support in Colombo -- with products such as uberGO and uberX, riders in Colombo have access to a variety of reliable, convenient and safe transportation alternatives and cash further expands that universe.
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