Since the time of the Nizams, Hyderabad took pride in its luxury cars. Today, you do not have to be a royal to ride in one. All you need is a smart phone with the Uber app and you are set for a luxurious ride in a Jaguar or an Audi.
Uber, a mobile based on-demand transport app that lets you order a ride in swanky cars, has been launched in Hyderabad.
All you have to do is use its mobile app to book a trip. The app lets you know in advance what your driver looks like and his name, the model, make and color of your car, and what other passengers think about the driver.
You can see exactly where your driver is on the map at all times so you don’t have to be anxious while waiting, and you can contact him through the app if you so wish to. Using the built-in rating mechanism, users and drivers can rate each other. Drivers who receive poor reviews repeatedly will be removed from the platform.
What’s more, you don’t have to carry cash at all. At the end of the trip your credit card is automatically charged for the trip providing you with a no-nonsense, hassle-free luxury ride anywhere, anytime.
Secret Ubers on the streets: Uber blog
Yesterday, the Uber blog announced the launch in style. “Jwala Gutta, the undefeated badminton champion and Arjuna Awardee, got the first peek of Uber in the city. She opened up the app in Banjara Hills, requested a ride and minutes later was picked up in an Audi A6 and whisked away to the airport.
Close behind was Mohammad Ali Baig, the ‘Poster Boy of Hyderabad Theater’ and mastermind behind the Qadir Ali Baig Theater festival. Within minutes of him opening up the app in Murad Nagar, there was an Uber ride at his doorstep with Kishan waiting to take him away in style.”
“The charming and dapper Sundeep Kishan fired up the app on his film set in Jubilee Hills, and voila, a Jaguar was waiting curbside faster than Venkatadri Express! He took the time to soak in the Uber experience, even hopping behind the wheel for a quick photo.
With Hyderabad’s very first riders spreading the word, Raashi Khanna, the star of ‘Madras Café’ and upcoming Tollywood star, was in need of a reliable and stylish ride to her shoot in Film Nagar, and Uber saved the day.”
Solving commute troubles
Uber hopes to answer the city’s growing problems of getting a reliable, safe and easy cab ride. Often you find yourself left in the lurch by cab-hire agencies despite having booked a ride in advance. Besides being a tourist destination, Hyderabad is also the new IT hub of India. With places like Hitech city located on the outskirts of the main city a reliable cab service becomes a must.
Though availability of vehicles may be limited during the testing phase, the company is working on hiring more Uber drivers. Over the next few weeks, Uber will be in “a secret testing mode” in the city.
For YourStory readers there’s an exclusive offer with a promo code “YSHYD” You will get Rs. 600 off on your first two Uber rides in Hyderabad.
— Amit Bhawani (@amitbhawani) December 12, 2013