Published On: Fri, Aug 26th, 2016

Uber arrives in Karachi, offers free rides

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Uber arrives in Karachi, offers free rides

KARACHI: Uber Technologies Inc., the multinational online transportation network, has launched its services in Karachi on Thursday.

Which means that at the tap of a button, Uber will connect you with the closest available partner driver in Karachi, ready to pick you up in minutes. You’ll see a photo of your driver, the license plate and type of car they are driving, and even follow their car on the app as they make their way to you. You can even use the ‘Share my ETA’ feature with family and friends so they know exactly your route.

Uber develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile “app”, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request, which the software program then automatically sends to the Uber driver nearest to the consumer, alerting the driver to the location of the customer.

 

Uber drivers use their own personal cars. As of August 2016, the service was available in over 66 countries and 507 cities worldwide. The Uber app automatically calculates the fare and transfers the payment to the driver.

“We are thrilled to announce uberGO is now available in Karachi, connecting Pakistan’s largest city to safe, reliable, and affordable rides,” wrote Uber company on its website.

It is free for now 

The international ride-hailing service  has announced free trip around the city for the first week.

“To celebrate our newest city, you can enjoy Uber for FREE this weekend (From 12pm Thursday, August 25th until 11:59pm Sunday, August 28th ). Just open your Uber app and enter the promo code ‘KarachiFREE’ to enjoy 5 free rides up to Rs. 300 each.”

To request a ride: download the Uber app, register with your personal details, enter promo code: KarachiFREE, confirm your pickup location, and request a ride.

Minimum fare for UberGO is Rs150, while its per kilometer charges are Rs9.38 and per minute Rs2.00.

YOU CAN ESTIMATE FARE AROUND THE CITY HERE 

Paying for your Uber rides is easy; select a card payment and at the end of your ride your fare will be deducted from your account, or select ‘cash’ and pay your driver in exact change. You can even split your fare with friends by selecting ‘split fare’ when paying with your credit card.

“We’re super excited to be here, and we hope you are too! Go for a ride and let us know what you think on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #KarachiLovesUber or share your feedback directly via the Uber app,” said Uber.com/Pakistan.

Courtesy: ARY

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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