Uber Launches Taxicab Service in Kampala

Kampala has Thursday joined the growing list of smart transportation hubs in Africa with the launch of Uber, ampoule a smart phone app that provides a platform to connect Drivers with Riders in real time.

The app which was officially launched on Thursday morning at the Kampala Serena Conference centre will link drivers to riders (passengers) through a smart phone and GPS tracking system.

Speaking at the launch, cialis 40mg The Uber general manager for Sub Saharan Africa, ampoule Alon Lits said “We’re really excited to be launching Uber in Kampala, a world-class African city. We are inspired by the city’s rapidly developing infrastructure and spirit of entrepreneurship and look forward to giving people in the city an affordable, easy and flexible choice to move around the city safely and reliably.”

“At Uber, we are proud to connect millions of global citizens to very affordable and reliable rides. By offering a friendly and reliable complement to existing transport options, we can help improve urban mobility in Kampala. We are mindful of the city’s current traffic congestion, and we aim to be part of the solution in improving it, while creating new, fruitful opportunities for drivers. Ultimately, we hope to reduce the strain on the city’s roads, and minimise the environmental impact of traffic congestion that is part of a growing economy.”

What is Uber?

Uber is a mobile app that connects riders and drivers at the touch of a button. Available in 462 cities across 71 countries, the Uber platform is evolving the way the world moves and currently has over 6000 driver partners across Africa.

Whether you’re going to work or going out with friends, Uber provides an affordable, safe and reliable way to get across the city. It is available on iOS, Android OS and Windows OS and its download is free.

How to get your ride:

After downloading the app, you can start it from anywhere and wait safely for your car to arrive. That means no standing on the street to hail a cab or struggling to find the nearest bus stop late at night.

Cab drivers have a profile loaded in the Uber system and when a driver accepts your request, you see his or her first name, photo, and license plate number. You can also check whether others have had a good experience with him or her. In addition, the driver can see your first name and rating.

App screen shots

App screen shots

You can contact the driver and vice versa through the app if there is any confusion around pick-up details.

The app also allows you to share your ride details for example the estimated time of arrival, your location and the specific route you are taking with friends or family for extra peace of mind.

It also allows the rider and the driver to give feedback and rank each other on the Uber network for the safety team to investigate any issues arising.

Payment Options:

The application provides a wide range of payment options ranging from credit cards, Paypal and cash payments.

According to Lits, Uber is still in talks with mobile money providers in the country to be able to incorporate it in their payment system.


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