Uber Ride Packages With Flat Fares Start Rolling Out in 7 Cities Across India

Uber Ride Packages With Flat Fares Start Rolling Out in 7 Cities Across India

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Uber Ride Packages is an evolution of UberPASS
  • The product is designed to offer flat-fare ride passes
  • Uber’s competitor Ola also developed a similar offering

To make daily commutes cheaper, Uber has launched Ride Packages in India. The latest feature that brings flat-fare ride passes to riders is initially rolling out for select riders in seven cities across the country. While riders in Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, and Kolkata can avail the flat fares on their UberGO and UberPREMIER rides, Chennai riders with the ride passes can only opt for UberGO rides. Each flat fare ride pass comes with a validity of up to 28 days and has a certain trip limit. Recently Uber’s closest competitor and one of the leading cab aggregators in the country, Ola, was also spotted with a similar feature that it called Ola Pass.

An Uber spokesperson divulged that the Ride Packages is an evolution of the UberPASS that was launched as a pilot in select riders in June last year. “We are always thinking of new ways to enhance the Uber experience for our riders. UberPASS was one such product that was launched as a pilot in select cities. It helped us better understand our riders’ needs and as a result, Uber recently rolled out a more enhanced product called Ride Packages,” the company said in a statement to Gadgets 360.

The prime aim of offering Ride Packages is to make rides more affordable than before. “Ride Packages is designed to address riders daily commute needs, making rides even more affordable,” the spokesperson said. It was first tested on UberGO riders in Bengaluru late last year.uber ride pass 050418 190431 5240 Uber Ride Pass  Uber

It is worth noting here that the Uber Ride Packages is not yet available for all users. However, we spotted its presence in Delhi and Mumbai. In the Mumbai region, riders can get flat fare UberGO rides at Rs. 199 and UberPREMIER rides at Rs. 159. The riders in the Delhi region, on the other hand, are offered with UberGO rides at Rs. 129, while UberPREMIER rides are available at a charge identical to what is available in Mumbai, which is Rs. 159. Initially, Paytm is the only payment option for the passes opted under the Ride Packages.

There is a Ride Pass menu option in the Uber app that provides access to flat fare ride passes. Once a pass is purchased, it will not be changed with another pass or refunded. The Help section on the Uber app confirms that if the total ride fare is less than the flat fare offered through one of the available passes, the company will charge you the minimum of the two amounts. Likewise, if the total fare is greater than the flat fare but less than the maximum cap, only the flat fare amount will be charged.

As per the FAQ seen in the app, Uber may charge wait time charges in addition to the flat fare amount. Also, we noticed surge pricing will still be applicable despite purchasing the flat-fare ride passes. We’ve reached out for more information on this front.

Similar to Uber Ride Packages, Ola last month started rolling out the Ola Pass subscription to offer flat fares in the country. Ola’s feature is listed as available for a select number of Ola Micro, Mini, and Prime rides and is available in a handful of cities, including Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Mumbai. Unlike Uber, Ola doesn’t apply peak pricing – its terminology for surge pricing – on Ola Pass flat fares. However, Ola has distance limits to the flat fares, from 5km to 20km, which Uber’s Ride Packages do not have.

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Uber Hikes Fares Up to 15 Percent in Delhi-NCR

Uber Hikes Fares Up to 15 Percent in Delhi-NCR
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Uber has increased ride time charge to Rs. 1.5 per minute
The ride time charges for UberPOOL & UberX have been increased
Uber charges Rs. 6 per km for up to 20km
Transportation app Uber has hiked fares of its entry-level offering ‘UberGO’ by up to 15 percent in Delhi-NCR.

The US-based firm has increased ride time charge to Rs. 1.5 per minute from Re. 1 earlier.

Uber charges Rs. 6 per km for up to 20km and Rs. 12 per km thereafter, with a minimum fare of Rs. 60 for UberGO.

The ride time charges – calculated on the basis of total time of the ride – for ‘UberPOOL’ and ‘UberX’ have also been hiked to Rs. 1.5 per minute.
When contacted, an Uber spokesperson said: “Starting January 5, 2017, we have made some changes to our pricing structure in Delhi NCR in order to serve the city better.” The prices are expected to go up by 10-15 percent, the spokesperson added.

Last year, Uber had introduced ‘upfront fare’ under which the company calculates and shows rates depending on expected time and distance of travel and local traffic. The fares fluctuate due to demand.

Affordable pricing has been one of the important factors driving the uptake of on-demand taxi services in the country.

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Uber Rolls Out ‘Upfront Fares’, Replacing Estimates

Uber Rolls Out 'Upfront Fares', Replacing Estimates

Cab-hailing app Uber Friday said it will now present its riders in the US and in some parts of India with ‘upfront fare’, making it easier for customers to see how much they will have to pay for a ride.

The fare will be calculated on the basis of expected travel time, distance, traffic, surge and tolls where applicable.

The move will also help the US-based firm address its Achilles’ heel ‘surge pricing’ that has received criticism from many users as well as governments like Karnataka.

“We moved to upfront, per trip fares-just like airlines and hotels-two years ago when we launchedUberPool… So in April, we began slowly introducing upfront fares for regular UberX trips in cities across the US and more recently in India, with more to follow,” Uber product managers Arundhati Singh and Dennis Zhao said in a blog post.

To date, hundreds of thousands of riders have experienced upfront fares as part of this rollout, it added.

An Uber India spokesperson told PTI that “Uber has been testing upfront fares for a small segment of riders across five cities in India since the beginning of this month”.

“These cities include New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai,” she added.

The company plans to roll out the changes to pricing in the app globally over the next few months, including other cities in India.

In the US, upfront payment feature is available in six cities – New York City, Miami, San Diego, Philadelphia, Seattle and New Jersey.

While booking the ride, customers had to mandatorily enter their destinations, which allowed Uber to calculate the fare in advance and show it to riders before they book their ride.

“Knowing how much a ride will cost in advance is clearly something riders appreciate: today UberPool accounts for over 20 percent of all rides globally. And we now want more riders globally to benefit from this feature,” the blog post said.

In India, 25 percent of Uber’s rides in Delhi and Bengaluru are through UberPool.

Uber had launched UberPool in San Francisco almost two years ago, where the upfront fare feature was introduced for the first time.

The company is now taking this product feature to riders across UberGO, UberX and other Uber services. With the new version of the app, the lightning-bolt icon previously used to indicate surge pricing on Uber will go away.

Previously, Uber has defended surge pricing saying it balances demand and supply and that it is always transparent about exactly how much more it is charging customers than the normal fare.

Karnataka has already barred app-based cab companies from charging surge pricing.

“(Now) when fares go up due to increased demand, instead of surge lightning bolts and pop-up screens, riders are given the actual fare before they request their ride. There’s no complicated math and no surprises: passengers can just sit back and enjoy the ride,” the blog post said.

With upfront price feature surge still remains a component of how a rider is charged for his trip but will not see the surge multipliers and the icon in-app, the spokesperson said.

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Uber Says geared up to just accept Cap on Fares fixed via Delhi authorities

Uber Says Ready to Accept Cap on Fares Fixed by Delhi Government

Falling in keeping with leader Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s stern warning towards surge-pricing, taxi aggregator Uber has informed Delhi authorities that it is prepared to cap its fares at quotes fixed by thegovernment inside the countrywide capital.

In a letter to transport Commissioner, Uber said that per kilometre fare charged on its platform inside Delhi will now not exceed the government prescribed fare within the capital.

“With prejudice to all our rights and contentions, we would like to humbly submit that the consistent withkilometre fare charged on the Uber platform within Delhi will now not exceed the authorities prescribed fareapplicable in Delhi,” Gagan Bhatia, enterprise‘s preferred supervisor (North-Uber India), stated.

remaining month, app-based totally taxi operators such as the united statesprimarily based taxi aggregators came underneath attack from chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over surge-pricing throughout the second one section of unusual-even scheme applied from April 15-30.

After Kejriwal’s stern caution against surge-pricing, Uber had briefly suspended it, but after wrapping up ofthe street-rationing scheme, it had added lower back surge-pricing in the capital.

(also see: Delhi authorities Plans to Make Ban on Surge Pricing everlasting)

“….we stay devoted in the direction of offering a dependable and less costly transportation carrier to the human beings of Delhi and thank you (shipping commissioner)on your all efforts in this direction,” Bhatia additionally said inside the letter.

in the course of the second one phase of strange-even scheme, Kejriwal had obtained proceedings of surge-pricing through app-based totally taxi operators. The Delhi CM had then promised strict movementtowards taxi corporations that are charging passengers at greater than government-prescribed charges.

according to prescribed rates, fares for all forms of taxi offerings are Rs. 12.50 in step with km foreconomy Radio Taxis, Rs. 14 in keeping with km and Rs. sixteen in keeping with km for non-AC & AC Black & Yellow top taxis respectively can be charged.

The notified fare of Radio Taxi cabs (distinguished by an liquid crystal display board on roof topdisplaying “Radio Taxi”) is Rs. 23 according to km. extra night time fees (25% of the fare) are relevantamong eleven PM and five AM.

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