Mobility

Uber adds rickshaws to service in India

Posted on April 21, 2015

Three-wheel Auto Rickshaws are the cheapest and easiest way around many of India's cities. Photo: Omar Chatriwala/Flickr
Three-wheel Auto Rickshaws are the cheapest and easiest way around many of India's cities. Photo: Omar Chatriwala/Flickr
NEW DELHI — Uber, the app-based car service that made its name matching technology with luxury, is trying to expand its ultramodern business model from cars to Delhi’s auto rickshaws, The New York Times reported.

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While the Auto rickshaws are a far cry from the Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Town Cars used to ferry professionals in San Francisco and New York when the company started out, it is trying to implement niceties that have rarely been part of the auto rickshaw experience, theTimes reported.

Drivers are told to say ‘namaste,’ “a common Indian greeting," and are encouraged to use their meters. Uber pays its drivers an additional 40 rupees, or just over 60 cents, per ride on top of the fare, according to drivers, the Times reported.

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