US-based cab-hailing app Uber said that it is uberPOOL, in 3 cities - Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad this week taking the national tally to 12 cities.
The expansion strategy is an effort to promote shared mobility in India with uberPOOL allowing people heading in the same direction to take the same ride.
Prabhjeet Singh, General Manager, North, Uber India, said, "At Uber, we are constantly working towards redefining the urban mobility landscape in Indian cities which involves initiatives towards reducing congestion and pollution. We believe that uberPOOL is the future of urban mobility that allows ridesharing using technology, and in the process helps decongest cities by getting more people into fewer cars, letting riders move around their city more affordable and enables first/last mile connectivity."
Singh said that "We have received positive feedback from other cities and are confident that as Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad embark on their uberPOOL journey, the same will help contribute to the future that we have envisioned - smarter cities."
Uberpool is already available Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Guwahati, Chennai and Kochi, and now it is live in Chandigarh (3rd October) and Jaipur (5th October) followed by Ahmedabad.
According to Uber's Green Index, 30 percent of rides in Mumbai are on UberPOOL, 28 percent in Delhi, 29 percent in Hyderabad, 25 percent in Bangalore, 18 percent in Chennai and Pune and 15 percent in Kolkata.
The uberPOOL options connect the rider real-time with 1-2 passengers heading in the same direction. Riders can choose to use Cash, PayTM, Credit or even a Debit card