Uber is going to launch an on-demand rental service "Uber Rentals" which allows riders to book a car and its driver for several hours at a stretch and make multiple stops on a journey, just as they would do with their car.
Riders can request a ride within minutes for a personalised experience with greater flexibility and convenience, as they restart their daily routines after a lengthy lockdown. The 24x7 service will be available across UberX, which resumed services in Dhaka last week, at an affordable price point of Tk899 for a two hour/20 km package.
Riders will have the option of selecting from multiple hourly packages that can be booked up to a maximum of 10 hours, reads a press release issued by the ride sharing company.
The service allows riders to do more by the hour, providing great value in several situations, including when riders need to run several errands or want to attend a business appointment and get back without having to book multiple trips.
Ratul Ghosh, head of Bangladesh and East India, Uber, said, "As Dhaka reopens, many of our riders will have new needs from Uber. One of which will be keeping their Uber with them for a longer duration in the day. Uber Rentals caters to such a need by allowing users to book their Uber for multiple hours with flexible and affordable packages and also gives them the option to make multiple stops on their journey.
All rides will conform to health guidelines and provide the highest possible safety standards. For our drivers, this offers them yet another opportunity to earn on the platform."
Over the past few weeks, Uber has launched a comprehensive set of safety measures and has distributed safety kits consisting of masks, hand sanitisers, bar soaps, tissue paper to driver partners, along with placing rider safety placards in cars to create rider awareness. Just last month Uber spearheaded the formation of a Transport Safety Alliance to generate safety awareness among consumers, and to equip drivers with health and safety supplies.
Using Uber Rentals is as easy as booking any other Uber trip. Riders only need to update their Uber app to the latest version if they are not able to see "Uber Rentals".