Uber to deliver new commuting feature starting with China’s Chengdu image

Starting Wednesday Uber drivers working in Chengdu, China will be greeted by the company’s brand new feature that would allow them to take rides even as they commute into town.

The place has not been selected by chance, since it’s the car-booking company’s busiest market. The new feature has been named uberCOMMUTE, with the service undergoing beta testing in the metropolitan area of 14 million inhabitants before being scaled on a global base, according to a statement by the San Francisco-based company. Normally, the driver will get passengers asking for a ride through the company’s smartphone car-hailing app but the new feature would allow the drivers to also have people riding when they head into town. This is the first time for Uber it first introduces a global service outside of its home market and shows Uber’s desire to expand into China – representing the company’s largest opportunity and challenge at the same time.

The government is mulling new regulation that would have such businesses using commercially registered cars and drivers, a major challenge to their current business model that has drivers of privately owned cars matched with rides. At the same time, Uber has to fend off stiff competition from the largest local provider – Didi Kuaidi – and all of the ride-hailing companies seek to win the favor of regulators by demonstrating they can help curb traffic congestion as they face stiff opposition from the taxi and limousine industry.

Via Bloomberg

  • haveittodayray

    Uber is a great hi tech company, very professionally run. Just launched in Vegas past Thursday with a few minor issues and one major issue with McCarran International airport. I am sure it will be resolved soon or McCarran will face a class action lawsuit in the millions.Uber fully makes their customers aware of the pricing, therefore not an issue. Customers have a choice in Vegas, they can pay $1000 per night for a room or $69 bucks for a room, its called you have a choice. Many Veterans and retired Vegas taxpayers are just trying to make ends meet by providing a well needed high tech service that is fast and very efficient for the customer. . Uber is a good service, at the right time and place in Vegas, They are in 58 countries and over 300 cities. It is a multi billion dollar company, providing a service that the consumer wants.. McCarran International Airport is doing a disservice by issueing tickets to Uber drivers and not allowing the people that pay their airline taxes and fees come to Vegas, spend thousands in hotels, gambling and restaurants and retail shops. We should welcome them and not insult them by having them left off in middle lanes of McCarran, a safety hazard to say the least plus an inconvenience. McCarran with no advanced warning issued many retired Veternans who are just trying to earn a living, a ticket for $100.00 for letting out the guests in front of the airline ticket curbs. How sad that McCarran does not believe in the tourist industry for Las Vegas. All the passengers have spent, literally thousands in our local community along with paying the fees and taxes that McCarran and airlines tack on. At the very least any Uber driver dropping off passengers at the curb of an airline carrier, should have been given a warning for a first offense. The Las Vegas review journal specifically stated in an interview by Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of the airport stated “Uber drivers will be allowed to be dropped off at the airport departure curbs at both terminal 1 and 3″. Perhaps a class action lawsuit should be started by all Uber drivers for discrimination against them and their passengers, for the airport disrespect for them and the Las Vegas visitors.