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


  • 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.


Aprilia SR 150 First Ride Review

Aprilia SR 150 It is a great day to ride the Aprilia SR 150, perhaps the most radical looking scooter in India at present. The sky is overcast, bearing dark clouds which are bursting at the seams with moisture. Almost on cue, a strong gust of wind comes along and is threatening to uproot the bushes and the small trees. The lush green hills of the Nilgiris range all around and the whole setting is very surreal. Whoosh! A devilish looking contraption on two wheels zooms past me and it snaps me into reality. And then I realise that my colleague is signaling me to get on with it and give him the riding shots that he needs. We were invited to Coimbatore by Piaggio to test ride Aprilia’s first ever scooter to be launched for Indian markets and the good news is that you can own one soon for 65,000 only. But why shell out that kind of money on a scooter? Here’s why one should.

(Aprilia SR 150 First Ride)

Edgy, stylish and chic were the words that popped into my head as I first chanced upon a glance at the SR 150. The lines are way different than those on any regular automatic scooter on offer in India. There is this sense of defying every norm that exists for your regular run-off-the-mill scooters, oozing from every nut and bolt of the SR 150. The front apron ends into a pointy, beak-like finish with those angry-looking headlamps that give the scooter an aggressive stance and solid street presence. Then comes the fat Vee 120/70 14-inch tyres that are made in Thailand, which again adds that definition to a muscular front end. Viewed in profile, the scooter throws up splashes of red on a matte black trim with sporty decals lettered across the body. The rear end again culminates in a pointed tail lamp topped by split grab-rails and a dual-tone seat done in black and red. As far as looks are concerned, this baby scores a perfect 10.

Aprilia SR 150 Instrumentation Pane(Aprilia SR 150 Instrumentation Panel)

While the looks could definitely kill, the features list undermines the lovely looks of the scooter. It is a premium scooter to say the least and could have definitely done with a sportier looking instrumentation console (digital maybe, even if partly) and a side-stand (optional). For a premium scooter, one could surely want a bit more kit. Although, there is a pass switch (extremely helpful while riding at night) and footpegs that fold and fit flush for the pillion rider which are the cooler bits on the scooter.

Perhaps the biggest letdown is the fit and finish. There are places where the wiring is exposed and the panel gaps just become an eyesore. The quality of plastics could have been better too. But then we are told that this is a pre-production model so we will give the benefit of doubt to Aprilia and hope that these small niggles are taken care of.

Aprilia SR 150(Aprilia SR 150 Gets a 154.4cc engine that produces 11.4bhp and 11.5Nm of torque )

Engine and Performance:
The engine on the SR 150 is similar to that on the Vespa 150, churning out a peak output of 11.4bhp and 11.5Nm of peak torque from a 154.4cc engine. It is not the numbers which caught my fancy, it is way the SR 150 made use of those numbers and put a grin on our faces. There is this rush of torque in the mid-range which accelerates the Aprilia quicker than any other scooter that I have ridden till date. The performance packs a punch and on daily commutes, can show a clean pair of heels to quite a few commuter motorcycles and most (almost all) scooters. Grab a handful of brakes and the 220mm disc upfront with a 2-piston Bybre caliper along with a 140mm drum at the rear ensures that the scooter stops on time with minimal drama. Of course, they do lock up under severe braking. But if that is the case then you already are in a tight spot. The only concern is that the engine is really vibey when idling, which might be bothering for some people. But not something that will make you turn away from this beauty.

(The SR 150 handles really well but has a slightly stiffer ride)

Ride and Handling:
The SR 150 gets a telescopic suspension upfront and an off-set monoshock at the rear along with fat 120/70 14-inch tyres at both ends. The ride is a tad too stiff for our liking and continuous riding on bad roads might be a harassing experience. The scooter handles decently enough and does not shy away from corners. The wheelbase could have been shortened by a wee bit by reducing the trail of the suspension upfront and thereby sharpened the handling a bit as well. But then, this is merely nitpicking.

Aprilia SR 150(Aprilia SR 150 rear three-fourths shot)

Worth a buy?
We will say yes! Firstly you get a radical-looking scooter from a thoroughbred manufacturer of performance motorcycles at a great price (65,000). Secondly, the performance is unerring. You twist the throttle and the SR 150 will obey your command to go fast instantly. Thirdly, it will make you the talk of the town because it is a gorgeous looking scooter (for the umpteenth time). It is one of those decisions wherein the heart takes over the head. The SR 150 has its share of problems but none so that it might be a deal-breaker. The present scooters in India are soon going to develop a complex of sorts.

Aprilia SR 150 detail shots(Aprilia SR 150 detail shots)

Who is Aprilia?
In short, Aprilia is a brand of Piaggio’s and it makes everything from stylish and powerful scooters to high performance litre-class motorcycles. Although Piaggio has been in India for a while now, with its Vespa range of scooters, which followed a retro design theme, the Aprilia brand of scooters on the other hand, are fiercely modern, edgy and a far cry from the retro-themed but good-looking Vespa models.

India has always shied away from scooters which have a displacement of more than 125cc. And at present, there are only two scooters which have a 150cc engine in India, the Vespa 150 and the SR150, two models which have a similar lineage. The SR 150 should make its way to Vespa dealerships across the country in fortnight’s time. From what we hear, the production has already begun at Piaggio’s Baramati plant in Maharashtra. At a very affordable price of 65,000 we cannot see how a better piece of investment can be made. Should you be a scooter enthusiast that is.


Apple CEO Tim cook Kicks Off India ride With go to to Siddhivinayak Temple

Apple CEO Tim Cook Kicks Off India Trip With Visit to Siddhivinayak Temple

Apple’s Tim cook visited the temple in the course of his maiden go to to India.
He introduced a design and improvement Accelerator facility in Bengaluru.
cook dinner is probably to go to Hyderabad and later New Delhi.
Apple CEO Tim prepare dinner began his India excursion by paying obeisance on the famed Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Prabhadevi here on Wednesday morning.

accompanied with the aid of Apple India head Sanjay Kaul, prepare dinner‘s go to to the temple changed into a prelude to a host of meetings coated up with pinnacle business and Bollywood personalities later in the day.

at the temple, cook dinner ran into Anant Ambani, the scion of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and chatted with him for a while.

most of the engagements covered up for the Apple CEO are meetings with Maharashtra leader Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Tata group Chairman Cyrus Mistry and Bollywood big name Shah Rukh Khan.

cook dinner‘s go to to India comes at a time whilst the usa generation giant is hit via slower growth inworldwide income of its flagship products – iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Apple CEO Tim prepare dinner on Wednesday introduced that the tech large could set up a layout andimprovement Accelerator facility in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene.

“India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS improvement groups inside theinternational,” stated prepare dinner, who is on an India visit.

“With the outlet of this new facility in Bengaluru, we’re giving builders access to equipment with the intention to help them create modern apps for clients round the arena,” he said in a declaration.

although his professional programme is saved beneath a lid, during his India journey, prepare dinner isprobably to visit the IT capitals of Bengaluru and Hyderabad and later New Delhi.

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Google Maps Integrates Ola and Other Ride Services

Google Maps Integrates Ola and Other Ride Services

Alphabet’s Google on Tuesday announced a Google Maps update that would let you view more cab/ ride services and compare their fares, all inside a new dedicated ride services/ ride sharing tab. While the app until date had only Uber integration for users, it will now be showing cabs from other rival companies as well. This Google Maps update will be rolling out on Android in next few days and will soon reach iOS as well, and the new tab will show when searching for directions from one point to another.

Google says that the updated Maps app would start showing users a fourth tab – ride sharing, besides the existing tabs – driving a car, taking public transportation, and walking/bicycling options when travelling from one place to another. The new ride-sharing tab would let you easily compare the fares taken by different cab services between places without having to open multiple apps.

The Google Maps app update will be showing new cab providers across five countries – 99Taxis in Brazil,Ola Cabs in India, Hailo in the UK and Spain, mytaxi in Germany and Spain, and Gett in the UK.

However, it is worth mentioning that to view the fare comparison in the dedicated ride-sharing tab in Google Maps, users would still need the app of the cab service (for instance Ola app) installed on the devices. Tapping at one of the options in the tab would directly open the app (Ola, Uber, 99Taxis, and others).

“When it makes sense, we’ll also show ride service availability when viewing the map in walking and transit directions, and multiple ride services options for each provider-where they exist,” said Holger Flier, Software Engineer, on the company blog post. This means that if you are using Uber, the dedicated tab will now show you it multiple ride service options if available – such as UberX, UberXL, and UberBLACK.

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