Uber to launch on-demand rental service ‘Uber Rentals’

Staff Correspondent

8 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Uber to launch on-demand rental service ‘Uber Rentals’

Uber on Tuesday became the first ridesharing company in Bangladesh to launch an on demand rentals service – ‘Uber Rentals,’ a 24x7 product, 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 with their own 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 service will be available across UberX, which resumed services in Dhaka last week, at an affordable price point of BDT 899 for a 2 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, said a press release.

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. 

Commenting on the new service, Ratul Ghosh, Head of Bangladesh and East India, Uber, said, “As Dhaka reopens, many of our riders will have new use cases and different needs from Uber, one of which will be keeping their Uber with them for a longer duration in the day.”

Over the past few weeks, Uber has launched a comprehensive set of safety measures and have 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.