Uber rolls out driver rewards pilot in three Indian cities

Uber rolls out driver rewards pilot in three Indian cities
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3 Jul, 2019

San Francisco, US-based ride-sharing company Uber has announced the pilot phase of its driver rewards program, Uber Plus, in Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. The reward program will enable driver partners to ensure more savings and access to exciting rewards, it added. 

“Uber Plus is a massive effort in that direction, enabling our driver partners to garner more savings as a part of their everyday journey, and accomplishing their dreams,” said Prabhjeet Singh, head of cities at Uber India and South Asia. 

The company said that the new program enables Uber’s driver partners to earn points as they drive on the platform. The points are earned over a fixed period of every three months and can be accumulated and used to unlock rewards, it added.

The rewards include access to free doctor consultation on call, priority support, discounted prices for educational modules, additional savings on maintenance cost, and access to microloans as well as faster pickups at select airports, the company added.

“We want to recognize and reward our driver partners for their efforts and commitment through this program,” added Singh.

Uber also said that the program will currently be available to a sample group of driver partners in Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai. It will monitor progress and assess feedback before rolling it out to driver partners across the country.

In the last week of June, the ride-hailing company had acquired Seattle startup Mighty AI, which develops training data for computer vision models, GeekWire had reported.

Also in June, the company had rolled out quadricycles branded as Qute for Bengaluru operations in partnerships with Bajaj Auto, which primarily makes motorcycle and three-wheelers.

UberXS, a brand-new category in South Asia region, will offer services via Qute. According to a statement from Uber, the Qute is a drive-plus-three-passenger quadricycles, which is a four-wheeled motor vehicle that’s smaller and lighter than a passenger car.

In May, the company had tied up with micro-mobility platform service Yulu to offer eclectic bikes to users on a pilot basis in Bengaluru.