Uber is a company that is known for its worldwide on road cab-sharing service, today has announced a pilot launch of UberBOAT service in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board. The on-demand service will provide transportation from three of the city’s popular coastal routes namely Gateway of India, Elephanta Islands and Mandwa Jetty, via speedboats.
The UberBoat services will start from February 1 and the riders can access two variants of UberBOAT based on seating capacity- 6-8 seater for UberBOAT and 10+ seater for UberBOAT XL. In line with this, UberBOAT will enable riders in Mumbai to request a speedboat at the tap of a button through the Uber app, thus making waterway commute in the city efficient and convenient. All UberBOAT rides will be equipped with safety features including lifejackets, emergency contact details, printed collaterals along with a manual that highlights safety instructions. The rides are available at INR 5,700 for UberBOAT (6-8 seater speed boat) and INR 9,500 for BOAT XL (10+ seater speed boat) for all the active routes.
Commenting on the launch of UberBOAT, Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities, Uber India & South Asia said, “We are excited to launch UberBOAT in Mumbai, in partnership with Maharashtra Maritime Board. As pioneers in the organized on-demand transport system, Uber’s vision is to create a multi-modal platform to better serve riders and the cities we operate in. With UberBOAT, we will tap the vast potential of the city’s waterways transport system. We aim to provide efficient and easily accessible services to riders who are looking at navigating through these specific routes. With this service, boat operators will be able to gain access to Uber’s highly engaged rider base and enhance their earning opportunity.”
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