Uber, a ride-hailing giant, has announced its plans of introducing two new services for the Nigerian market namely ‘Uber Connect’ and ‘Uber Hourly’ saying they will be available in the next few months.
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The company’s Country Manager, Tope Akinwumi, speaking about the new services, noted that the initiative emanated from the desire to bring innovativeness in solving the transportation needs of people.
“We want to bring innovative designs to help people get anywhere and get anything as cities start to move again as part of how our commitment to improving the lives of Nigerians, and more importantly, unlocking access to earning opportunities for drivers, we believe this announcement is a step in the right direction.” He added.
Uber Hourly, which is already operating in several cities around the world, is an alternative to on-demand, point-to-point trips that will provide riders added convenience with no need to re-book their ride.
The Hourly will enable riders to book rides by the hour, providing them with a single driver for their entire journeys especially for riders who may need extra time to complete tasks, also availing drivers the opportunity to make more money.
“Hourly already launched in several cities around the world including Dar es Salaam and based on those insights and the warm reception from both riders and drivers, we’re excited to bring this to Nigeria.
“We built this feature for those moments when you anticipate you’ll need extra time getting things done, and so drivers can access a meaningful earnings opportunity while “locking in” an upfront time frame for the service provided,” Akinwumi said.
Uber Connect is already available in Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya, including other countries across the globe.
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