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Top Uber Cities For Uber Drivers In The U.S

 

To be labelled as one of the top Uber cities in this context is way beyond the size of the city, population and basic economic factors. It involves the culmination of all the aforementioned factors. Simply put, these factors have to come together seamlessly for a city to be termed “one of the top Uber cities“. Uber cities

A recent survey conducted by Zen99– a San Francisco based financial software company, shed some light on the determining parameters of top Uber cites. The company examined what percentage of a city’s population depends on cars, what proportion is young and open to new tech development, weather conditions,  and average commute times. After examining these factors, they came up with a result that graded all Uber cities according to their possible profitability for rideshare drivers.

The table below is adapted from the results of the survey:

 

# CITY PUBLIC

TRANSIT

USERS

(%)

POPULATION

(%)

WORKERS

EARNING

65K+

(%)

SUNNY

DAYS

(%)

JAN

2015

AVERAGE

GAS ($)

CAR

INSURANCE

($)

CELL

PHONE

TAXES

(%)

SCORE
1 Washington 38.5 31.7 49.6 56 2.52 1390.9 11.6 76.1
2 Boston 33 34.3 37.3 58 2.26 1174.5 7.8 74.5
3 San

Francisco

32.7 28.6 51.3 66 2.8 1013.9 10.2 70.4
4 Seattle 20.9 30.6 45.6 47 2.5 1016.9 18.6 68.7
5 Atlanta 8.9 30.3 35.3 60 2.1 1021.5 8.8 64.2
6 Minneapolis 12.5 31.9 29.5 58 2 1373.3 9.4 63.3
7 New York 56.7 25.1 33.6 58 2.6 1614.7 17.7 60.6
8 Austin 4.2 30.6 28.4 60 1.8 1061.2 11.7 60.3
9 Chicago 27.8 27.4 30.9 54 2.2 1243.5 15.8 59.8
10 Denver 7.4 28.7 29.1 69 1.9 1042.3 10.7 58.4

                        

 

Note

What we find in the table above is a complete evaluation of the market conditioning of 10 Uber cities. Do note that other expenses like cost ofUber cities car insurance cost, gas cost and even cell phone taxes. These are all necessary expenses incurred while running a transport business.

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Top Ride Sharing Companies

 

This post contains information about top TNCs (Transport Network Companies) also known as top ride sharing companies that Uber drivers should be interested in learning about. This knowledge will help Uber partners/drivers understand how well the competition is doing and how to take advantage to maximize earnings.ride sharing

What are TNCs?

Transport  Network Companies create a network through which drivers and commuters are connected. The TNC industry has witnessed a large influx of interested players all vying for the chance to compete fairly in the ride sharing market.

See below a list of top TNCs in the world:

 

Uber

Uber was founded in March 2009. The San Francisco ridesharing company was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. As of today, the company is valued at  over $65 billion and has services running in over 400 cities across 60+ countries. In 2016, the company projected a revenue of about $5.5 billion.

Uber has not disclosed specifics of the number of drivers registered on its platform but we do know that as at 2015, there were about 327,000 active drivers in the US alone. Although pricing differs from city to city, the company’s UberX service is considered to be cheaper than regular taxis in most part of the world. Currently Uber deducts from 20 to 30% as commission from driver earning and drivers in the US can earn up to $100,000 yearly.

In most Uber cities, Uber drivers must be 21 and above and  they are expected to own a very clean car with no scratch. The car must seat at least 4 people and should not be older than 10 years old. Uber drivers sign up online, undergo a background and vehicle check and they are all set. Most times, the process takes about a month (less or more) depending on your city.

 

Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing is a Chinese variation of the Uber business. This business recently purchased Uber China’s business after years of stern competition between the two. The company was founded by Zhang Bo, Cheng Wei and Wu Rui. The company, founded in 2012, is estimated to have about 300 million users across over 400 cities in China. It works mostly with taxi drivers to provide rides in China. It is the top player in the Chinese market and is considered affordable enough for the people. 

 

Ola Cabs

Ola is a top player in the Indian transport ridesaring market. The company was founded in 2010 in Mumbai, but now operates out of Bangalore. Revenue from 2014 – 2015 is estimated at 4.182 billion INR ($62 million). The company is a strong Uber competitor, working with cab drivers to build a system similar to Uber.

Drivers have to state in advance what times they can operate during the day and since they always stay connected through the GPS, they have to take up cab requests as soon as they pop up (else they get a call from their service executives). This is not exactly flexible for drivers. Drivers for Ola make about 35,000 to 40,000 rupees a month.

 

Lyft

Lyft is Uber’s fiercest competitor in the US – and it operates only in the U.S. The company was founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmerman. In 2015, the company gathered $800m in revenue. Like Uber, it runs an app through which drivers are connected to riders who need to be picked up. As at March 6th 2016, Lyft had about 100,000 drivers in the US.

Lyft’s commission is between 20 to 30% depending on the city. Apart from being 21 or over with a driver’s license and insurance/car registration documents, a Lyft driver should own a 4-door car that is 2004 or newer.

 

Cabify

Cabify is an international transportation network company. It provides premium vehicles for hire via its smartphone mobile app. Like in Uber and Lyft, vehicles are driven by their owners, who must pass a rigorous selection process. The service is currently operating in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. It offers two services, one for corporate clients and another for private passengers.

All Cabify drivers must pass psychometric tests, tests for alcohol and drugs, and a city orientation test. They must show they have no criminal record or traffic violations. The service also considers itself 20% cheaper than regular taxis.

 

GoCatch

GoCatch is a service similar to others discussed above. The service was founded in 2016 and has been in competition with Uber since then. It is currently operating in Australia. Drivers are mostly regular taxi drivers, but people with private cars also drive on the platform. On an average, the service is considered cheaper than regular taxis but it is still not as cheap as Uber.

The company, however, plays strongly on the fact that it has no surge pricing feature. Uber has already made reforms to it service since GoCatch launched. This reforms even saw Uber replacing its Surge Pricing feature with Upfront Pricing.

 

Careem

Careem is a multinational transportation network company operating an app-based car booking service company based in Dubai. Riders can make requests for immediate or later scheduled pick-ups through the Careem phone app. This service was launched in 2012 and considers itself a major Uber competitor in the Middle East.

Careem operates through a network of 80,000 drivers in 31 cities across 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Four million people have downloaded the Careem app. Uber has also spread its service across the Middle East, launching operations in nine countries. As FME writes: “The company claims it had 395,000 active users in the region in this year’s first quarter, a 500% increase over the same period last year. In 2015, it announced it was also investing $250 million to expand to different cities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan.” Uber launched its service in the Middle East in 2013, a year after Careem.

 

Conclusion

There are a few facts that can be drawn from the post above:

  • Uber is considered to be a global rideshare giant and an industry leader – has more drivers, riders and rides happening in  over 400 cities worldwide and almost 70 countries.
  • Although Uber is not winning in all its cities, other competitors listed above are still yet to hit prices as low as Uber. 
  • Uber is worth more than most of the companies above

Although not invincible, (the demise of Uber China is a proof of that) Uber has an edge over other rideshare services as a more global firm.

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Why You Should Schedule Uber For Airport Trips With The Kommen App

 

 Schedule Uber When taking a trip, whether for business or personal reasons; ensuring that you are at the airport on time is a priority. It’s no fun to miss your flight, since it’s not exactly easy or free to have a flight rebooked. Making sudden alterations to a flight schedule is usually on a “must need” basis.

This post will give genuine reasons why you need to be proactive in planning your airport trips by letting our Kommen app get you to or out of the airport on time

 

Time-Saving

When you schedule Uber to get you to the airport, this helps you manage and save time. Some mornings are peak periods and getting an Uber driver can be a hassle. Once you have your Uber scheduled, you can focus on getting other issues sorted out in the morning of your trip and not want waste any time trying to secure a ride.

 

Forget Nothing

With last minute planning, comes the probability of forgetting something important. Getting your rides planned and settled will ensure that you have time to deal with other aspects of your journey and ensure that you don’t have a hard time getting in or out of the airport. You do not want to get all the way to the airport only to realize you forgot to pick up something important.

 

Avoid Getting Stranded

There are times when waiting till the last minute to request an Uber can be a terrible idea. You may end up either having to pay so high because ‘demand is off the chart’ or there are ‘no cars available’. It is not to say that booking your Uber ahead of time eliminates the ‘no car available’ factor totally, but the automated retry function embedded our Kommen app lets you relax while packing your stuffs without even knowing there is a battle ongoing somewhere to get you a ride.

 

How to Get Kommen

Kommen is currently available for download on Google Play Store. At the moment, the app is only available on Android, but plans are afoot to launch our iOS App in not time. You can choose to get notified once our iPhone app is released by clicking the ‘notify me’ button on our page. To learn how to use the Kommen app after download, please visit here

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7 Tutorial Videos For Uber Drivers

 

In this post, we bring you a list of 7 helpful YouTube and Vimeo tutorials that we strongly believe new and existing Uber drivers should watch. These videos contain relevant information that drivers can employ to either increase their income or to increase their driver ratings. Uber DriversThis information will help drivers sustain a profitable Uber business.  

 

  1. Background Advice For Uber Drivershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D16zQsdQWo0

This video contains background research that an intending driver should do before signing up to be an Uber driver. I find the information in this video very interesting as it serves as an eye-opener. The speaker highlights the importance of taking a ride as an Uber driver and how that serves as a tool for better understanding of the Uber business before you start at all.

 

  1. How to Upload Your Documentshttps://vimeo.com/94127044

Most new Uber drivers face trouble uploading their documents. I have had to respond to a couple of emails from drivers who needed help with uploading their documents. This video contains important information about how to upload your photo, driver’s license and other documents.  

 

  1. 20 Things You Should Have in Your Car as an Uber Driverhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRbB_-aVos0

The driver in this video lists the things you need in your car for a great driving experience. He lists hand vacuums, cellphone clip-holder, dashcams, flashlight, glass cleaners, cable charger, auxiliary cable and many other important tools that can help you as an Uber driver.

 

  1. Uber Navigation toolshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbzwAuZP8S4

This video contains information on how Uber drivers can use navigation apps to avoid traffic, drive effectively and save a whole lot of money on your car. Although many drivers already use the Waze app, this video shows the driver how this navigation app can do more than showing you the next turn.

 

  1. The Two Phone Trick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3j025HuhJw

This video shows how to make more money by using two phones as an Uber driver. He explains how having the driver and passenger apps on two different phones can help you make more money driving your Uber car.

 

  1. What is The Best Car to Usehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_TwPyVQYO4

This video shows an analysis of cars that would best fit an Uber driver under different Uber services. The speaker uses fuel economy, vehicle maintenance cost and others as factors that should guide an Uber driver’s choice when choosing which car to use.

 

  1. How to Keep Your Car Protectedhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SubNcyfYgU

This video contains information on accessories that can help you protect your Uber car.  The Uber driver revealed a trick on how to let passengers know they have a right to tip without having to ask.

 

We hope you find these videos helpful and use them to maximize your Uber driver experience.

 

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Airport Rides and Kommen Advance Booking

 

Airport rides are very important. I guess it is safe to say that most people are anxious about traveling most of the time. Sometimes they don’t want to arrive at the airport late, or because they do not want to leave any important thing behind, or probably just excited about the plans they have at the travel destination. All these come together with other factors to make airport rides quite different from the regular rides you take within the city.

I have found from interacting with thousands of Uber customers via our support email, that many people are anxious about pre-scheduling their airport rides. This is probably because it is one of those cases where planning is imperative and you cannot afford to have anything go wrong. In addition to the fact that there’s always so much to carry along, the timing is also so early sometimes or really late that you just cannot afford to have some friend or family drive you there at that time.

What Goes Wrong?

First, you have to worry so much about the possibility of getting a ride at that time, especially when it’s so early. In some of these cases, you end up opting for taxis and for-hire vehicles which are usually pricey and unreliable. Although, it becomes easier when you realize you can use an Uber, it’s still off-putting to know you have to add ordering a ride and driver’s early arrival to your list of last-minute worries.

How Kommen Can Help

The app Kommen, by letting you schedule your rides way ahead of time, can help take away all of your worries. Advance BookingWith a function that lets you schedule a ride as far as 30 days out, you can sit back and concentrate on getting ready for a driver who will definitely be there at the exact set time. Since Kommen works on calling you ride a few minutes before your set time, you ride gets there at the exact time you have set. By taking one of your worries away, Kommen lets you focus on getting packed and the other things that matter, like spending the last few minutes before your journey with the ones you love.

Where to Download Kommen

Kommen is available for download on Google Play Store. The app is only available for android devices at the moment, but plans are in the works to get an iOS app running. If you are an iOS user,  are offering you the opportunity to be the first to know when we launch our iOS app. To get this, visit our site and click the ‘notify me’ button.  

How to Use Kommen

Below, we have a clear step-by-step breakdown (with images) on how to use the Kommen app to schedule your Uber rides:

 

  • Download Kommen

 

If you haven’t already downloaded Kommen, download the Kommen app from the Google Play store here – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.kommen.kommen&hl=en

 

 

  • Sign in with your Uber account

 

If you are not already signed in, you just need to sign in once to Kommen with your Uber account, so we can call rides on your behalf.

 

 

  • Open the Kommen App

 

You should be on the “Scheduled Ubers” screen now.

 

  • Click the “+” sign at the top right of the App

 

To schedule uber using the “New Uber Form” click on the + sign.

                                     

 

  • Fill out the “New Uber Form”

 

Fill out the following –

Pickup Location

Destination

Uber Type (UberX, UberBlack, UberGo, and UberPool are some of the available options, depending on your pickup location).

 

 

  • Click Schedule Later

 

To schedule uber, click on the scheduled later button.

 

 

  • Select Pickup time and date

 

To pre book uber, select your pickup time and date, and you are almost done.

 

 

  • Select your Backup Ride

 

If you don’t have it saved in your settings, you have to select a backup ride, otherwise you just need to click “Confirm Uber” and your scheduled uber should arrive at your selected date and time.

Where is Kommen Available

Kommen is currently available in a number of countries across the globe. These countries include: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, (UAE) Dubai, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UAE, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

For more information, you can contact us on support@trykommen.com .

 

 

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Cities Where You Can Schedule an Uber Ride With Kommen

 

Kommen is an app with the Uber API integration, designed to help Uber passengers schedule their Uber rides ahead of time.Schedule an Uber With the Kommen app, you can schedule an Uber ride as far as 30 days out, and be sure that your driver will be there to pick you up just as scheduled. This post will reveal countries where you can pre-book your rides with Kommen. 

 

Background Details About Kommen

Kommen is an Android app which launched in April 2016. The app not only allows you schedule an Uber but also gives you access to other fun features that would enhance your Uber experience. Although only available on Android devices at the moment, we are currently offering you the chance to be the first to get notified when we go live on iOS. All you have to do is click the ‘notify me’ button on our page.

 

Countries Where Kommen is Currently Available

The Kommen app is currently serving 33 countries across Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. You have Kommen in every Uber city in the countries listed below:

ID COUNTRY UBER AVAILABLE Launched (Kommen)?
1 Austria YES YES
2 Azerbaijan YES YES
3 Bahrain YES YES
4 Belgium YES YES
5 Denmark YES YES
6 (UAE) Dubai YES YES
7 Egypt YES YES
8 Finland YES YES
9 Germany YES YES
10 Jordan YES YES
11 Netherlands YES YES
12 Norway YES YES
13 Qatar YES YES
14 Saudi Arabia YES YES
15 Sweden YES YES
16 Australia YES YES
17 Hong Kong YES YES
18 India YES YES
19 Malaysia YES YES
20 New Zealand YES YES
21 Philippines YES YES
22 Singapore YES YES
23 Israel YES YES
24 Kenya YES YES
25 Lebanon YES YES
26 Nigeria YES YES
27 Republic of Ireland YES YES
28 South Africa YES YES
29 UAE YES YES
30 United Kingdom YES YES
31 Canada YES YES
32 Mexico YES YES
33 United States YES YES

 

 

How to Use Kommen to Schedule an Uber

These are basic steps that would help a new Kommen user navigate the Kommen app efficiently:

 

  • Download Kommen

If you haven’t already downloaded Kommen, download the Kommen app from the Google Play store here 

 

 

  • Sign in with your Uber account

If you are not already signed in, you just need to sign in once into Kommen with your Uber account, so we can call rides on your behalf.

 

 

  • Open the Kommen App

You should be on the “Scheduled Ubers” screen now.

 

  • Click the “+” sign at the top right of the App

To schedule Uber using the “New Uber Form” click on the + sign.

                                     

 

  • Fill out the “New Uber Form”

Fill out the following –

Pickup Location

Destination

Uber Type (UberX, UberBlack, UberGo, and UberPool are some of the available options, depending on your pickup location).

 

 

  • Click Schedule Later

To schedule an Uber, click on the scheduled later button.

 

 

  • Select Pickup time and date

To pre book uber, select your pickup time and date, and you are almost done.

 

 

  • Select your Backup Ride

If you don’t have it saved in your settings, you have to select a backup ride, otherwise you just need to click “Confirm Uber” and your scheduled uber should arrive at your selected date and time.

 

Your Country Not on the List?

Part of our long-term expansion plan is to be available across all cities where Uber is currently serving. So if you haven’t seen your country on the list yet, do not worry. Kommen’s short-term goal is to be available in all 64 Uber countries.

Have you use used Kommen for the first time and have a comment you want to share? Send us an email at support@trykommen.com or leave a review on our Play Store page.

 

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Kommen App: Request Uber Without Internet Acess

 

Today, we look at how to request rides even without network coverage on your cell. App based ride-hailing companies like Uber largely depend on stable internet access to execute ride requests.kommen app 

However, having stable internet access at all times might not be possible. This may be due to your location at some point, bad weather or just sheer bad luck. Dependence on the internet can become a disadvantage when there is no internet service. Our Kommen app is designed to cater to not just scheduling rides but bailing you out during instances where there is no network coverage.

 

What is Kommen App?

Kommen is an android app that enables Uber passengers to schedule rides ahead of time. The Kommen app allows you to be proactive in scheduling your Uber trips, eliminating the last minute rush to secure an Uber. Kommen is designed to schedule rides for up to 30days away. You simply create a schedule on the Kommen app and you are sent a notification as your ride is being processed. On the due day, all you have to do is sit back and wait for your Uber to arrive as scheduled.

 

Schedule an Uber Ride Without Internet Access Using Kommen App

Since Kommen lets you schedule your Uber ahead of time, your Uber ride request is registered on our server. This ensures that your ride still gets called and your driver can still pick you up at your destination even when you have no network coverage. Quite simple right?

 

How to Get Kommen

Kommen is currently available for download on Google Play Store. At the moment, the app is only available on Android, but plans are afoot to launch our iOS App in not time. You can choose to get notified once our iPhone app is released by clicking the ‘notify me’ button on our page. To learn how to use the Kommen app after download, please visit here

To download Kommen go here: www.trykommen.com

 

Kommen Cities

Kommen is currently available in a number of countries across the globe. These countries include: Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, (UAE) Dubai, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Jordan, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Israel, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UAE, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and the United States. To learn more about Kommen, visit www.trykommen.com.  

 

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Uber Destination Filter

 

In this post, we will be learning about an addition to the Uber app- Uber destination filter. Uber uses this new feature to pair drivers up with passengers going the driver’s way. This simply means if a driver is headed in a particular direction, Uber pairs the driver with a passenger who is going towards that same direction. The Uber destination filter feature is available to drivers only twice in one day.

 

Why?

This new feature best suits Uber drivers who do not want to drive the long distance home with an empty car. The Uber destination filter pairs a driver with a rider who is headed in the driver’s direction at the end of the day or close of work.Uber destination filter

This way drivers can even make money on their way home, This optimizes every second a driver spends inside an Uber.

 

How to Use the Uber Destination Filter

  • First you need to open the Uber Partner app and tap the clipboard icon in the upper left corner
  • Tap the plus (+) sign next to “Set a destination.”
  • Enter your destination
  • Wait to get paired

After you have successfully registered your destination, the details will appear as a pin on the map. Then the upper bar turns orange, and the message: “finding matching trips” is displayed on your screen.

 

What This Means For Drivers

This features makes Uber as a business more flexible for drivers, allowing them more control. Instead of getting random ride requests on your way home or simply going offline the Uber app, drivers can still earn money when they decide to call it a day. 

At the close of business or you simply want to run an errand before starting your day as an Uber driver, the Uber destination filter helps you get paired with a passenger and you earn money even when technically you are not actually working.

 

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All About Uber Vehicle Inspection

 

If you are considering becoming an Uber driver or partner, you should be aware that Uber conducts varieties of checks on every vehicle enrolled under the Uber platform. These series of checks constitute what is called the Uber Vehicle Inspection. Uber vehicle inspectionTo ensure that drivers and passengers are safe while using the Uber service, Uber conducts thorough background and manual checks on intending Uber vehicles.

 

More About Uber Vehicle Inspection

Intending and existing drivers are mandated to go through the Uber vehicle Inspection. As an intending driver, you must pass the Uber vehicle inspection to qualify as an Uber driver. Subsequently, all drivers will be subjected to an annual vehicle inspection. It is a 19-step process to ensure your vehicle is still in perfect condition for the business of driving for the coming year. Uber requires that you complete this vehicle inspection at an Uber-approved auto repair shop, or at one of their many ‘activation centers’ located in gas stations, parking lots, and at some local mechanic shops.

Intending drivers who file their application online can complete the mechanical inspection once they are sure they have passed Uber’s background check. Applicants who apply at an Uber activation center, on the other hand, can complete the inspection immediately after they apply. If you are all for saving a few bucks, it is better to file your application at the activation centers (if you can) because you get to do it for free – it can cost up to $20 at a regular auto-shop.

 

Finding an An Uber-Approved Autorepair Shop/Uber Activation Center

Uber provides drivers with a list of approved mechanic shops and Uber Activation Centers. For example in the U.S, most chain repair shops (Midas, Jiffy Lube, etc) are approved to do this inspection. Drivers estimate that the process only take thirty to forty minutes.

 

What to Do Before Vehicle Inspection

I advise most drivers to perform a form of personal inspection themselves before taking their car in. This will help you avoid a situation where you fail the inspection for very little reasons. There are a few things you can inspect or even fix yourself. This includes but is not limited to wipers, lights (especially head and tail lights), mirrors, brake lights, seat-belts, wheels and horn.

 

The vehicle inspection is a simple safety check conducted by Uber or third party contractors to ensure that your vehicle is in great shape to be used for your Uber business. Therefore, a great way to ensure you don’t have a problem with it is to ensure that you generally have a good vehicle and then check some major parts to ensure they are functioning just perfectly before going for the original inspection.

 

 

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About Uber in Russia

 

Background

Uber in Russia launched late 2013. The company began by attracting the attention of individuals who would enjoy the opportunity of driving other people to make money. Uber in RussiaThe ridesharing behemoth was said to have signed up about 3,000 drivers in the first one and a half year of its operation. As Uber in Russia grew, authorities in the country’s capital city- Moscow where Uber is solely operating in, began to reel the company in on the need to follow dully set regulations for taxi operators.

Uber, as usual battled it out with Moscow authorities through 2014 and 2015 until the Moscow Department of Transport threatened to ban the company from the city. Uber got the official go-ahead after it submitted to the city’s regulations in March 2016. The regulations included that only drivers with DoT licensed vehicles can pick up passengers. Also, Uber must be willing to share the trip details with the authorities of the Russian capital. Uber has the UberX, UberSELECT and UberBLACK options available in Moscow city.

 

Competitors and People Preference

Uber in Russia has one major competitor- Yandex Taxi. Russia’s search engine giant Yandex, launched a taxi arm in 2011 called Yandex Taxi. Yandex Taxi currently dominates the Russian market with about 15,000 taxis signed up on its platform in 2015. Uber currently has about 3,000 vehicles signed up under its platform. Hopefully in time, Uber in Russia will catch up with this fierce rival in a race to dominate Russia. While Yandex taxi is available in some other cities of Russia, Uber is only available in Moscow.

In a conversation with a couple of users in Moscow who declined to have their names mentioned, they revealed to me that they mostly used Yandex because it has a shorter wait period. Apparently, the wait period for Yandex taxi was between 3 – 10 minutes,while they have to wait between 3 – 20 minutes for an Uber driver to arrive. However, Uber is clearly the cheapest car ride option in Russia with even classier rides. Others praised the different Uber services (UberX, BLACK and SELECT) available in Russia as it gives passengers options to choose from depending on the purpose of the ride. 

The rideshare users interviewed seem to enjoy the best of both worlds by using the Yandex Taxi and Uber apps simultaneously. Sometimes, Uber’s longer wait period was inconsequential since the ride is cheaper and classier. However, the conclusion reached was that Yandex Taxi was the preferred option.

 

Our Conclusion

Uber has not been very keen on its expansion in the Russian market. It’s hard to tell if it intends to make an entry into other Russian cities. Uber’s longer wait period could be justified by the dearth of Uber drivers available in Moscow city.

Finally, I must point out that Moscow is not an easy ground for companies offering online taxi services. Dmitri Izmailov, general manager of Uber in Russia explained in a statement that: “Moscow has one of the highest rates of car ownership in the world and suffers from chronic congestion as a result… According to a study by TomTom, bad traffic means that Muscovites spend twice as long as they should in their cars. And with Russia set to become Europe’s largest car market by 2020, this issue will only get worse over time.”

However, this problem will in time to come, shed more light on the need for Muscovites to embrace ride sharing. A service like Uber’s grows exponentially when the people realize they could actually help reduce cars on the road and ease traffic by simply taking a ride in an Uber.

 

 

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