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Now, hail Uber & Ola ‘bike cabs’ in Bengaluru

The two firms launched rival motorcycle-hailing services in the IT capital on Thursday

business Updated: Mar 03, 2016 17:33 IST
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Two-wheelers are the most popular mode of transport in many of India’s traffic-clogged cities.
Two-wheelers are the most popular mode of transport in many of India’s traffic-clogged cities.(File photo )
         

Uber Technologies and Ola on Thursday launched rival motorcycle-hailing services in Bengaluru, a city with congested roads that do not allow easy movement in cars.

While Uber’s service – called uberMOTO – has been launched at Rs 3 per kilometre and Re 1 per minute of trip time, Ola bikes will be available at Rs 2 per kilometre and Re 1 per minute of trip time.

After the ride, uberMOTO passengers will be given the option of paying either through cash or credit. An electronic receipt will also be provided.

Read: Uber taxi service to hit Pakistani roads

Two-wheelers are the most popular form of transport in many of the country’s traffic-clogged cities, but schemes to rent bikes by the kilometre are rare.

Uber, which is investing heavily to compete against local ride-hailing services across Asia, is piloting uberMOTO as a project developed specifically for cities in emerging markets. It plans to extend the service across the country in the months to come, a source said.

The Bengaluru-based Ola, which is backed by Japan’s Softbank Group, stated that its ‘bike taxis’ would help “customers zip through traffic”.

First Published: Mar 03, 2016 13:16 IST

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