Published on January 2nd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
UBER has passed it’s 1 billionth ride, globally
UBER has been the subject of controversy, not just in local news but around the world as well. We’ve seen how local taxi drivers are protesting against the service, as it has disrupted the market to such an extent that more people would prefer to take an Uber ride instead of have to hail a taxi and deal with price jacking, among other issues.
All things considered, UBER in Malaysia has had it pretty easy. Perhaps it’s the demographic of local UBER drivers that makes them far less questionable in a sense- but overseas, there have been known rape and assault cases, as well as harassment from UBER drivers that makes the service somewhat notorious. Granted these cases are few and far between, but they have caused quite a stir- especially given that UBER has toted safety over conventional taxi services.
But all that aside, the ride sharing service still maintains it’s popularity, a testament to which is the fact that it has provided over 1 billion rides to date. The actual billionth trip happened in London, on the eve of Christmas Day. That’s a staggering number for a company that has been around for 5-odd years, and the average works out to roughly 15 million trips a month, globally.