Another recap of the year in numbers, Uber has announced its top trends and the cherry on top of happens to be a guy from Bangalore who rode in an Uber an unprecedented 3135 times in 2016, which is almost eight trips per day.
Riders aren’t the only ones making records here, a Bangalore-based driver affiliated with Uber took 4338 trips in 2016, followed by 3775 trips by a New Delhi-based driver and 3624 trips by a Mumbai-based driver.
The company also revealed that rides from about 70 different countries preferred travelling in an Uber cab while in India.
“When it comes to getting around your city — Uber clearly emerged as the obvious choice for riders world over — whether it was to get to that special event, across town for family dinner, or around a new city on the other side of the world,” said Amit Jain, President, Uber India and South Asia.
Uber also shared data related to the time of the day during which riders from major metropolitans of the country preferred riding in an Uber. The highest frequency travelling days being Fridays and Saturdays, which shall not come as a surprise to anyone (because TGIF).
People hailing from the city of Djinns — Delhi — travelled most frequently on Fridays between 9 am and 10 am, Mumbai-based Uber riders travelled most on Fridays between 5 pm and 6 pm and Uber riders from Bangalore travelled the most on Saturdays between 6 pm and 7 pm.
“We found some very interesting trends in 2016, including, that of a rider in Bangalore, India, who took almost 3135 trips, making it the highest number of rides taken by a single rider, globally,” he added.
Uber has completed three years in India, which is the second largest market for the company after the US, accounting for over 12% of the total Uber rides worldwide.
Ola Cabs have been tough competitors of Uber since their launch in the country, and to counter them, Uber has launched a host of new services as well as expanded their network nationwide.
Uber was launched in two new cities recently — Lucknow and Ludhiana.
Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai also received UberPool, in addition to the ongoing services.
The company also launched services like UberWeddings, UberDOST, Dial an Uber and UberSHAAN — a skill development initiative that aims at empowering one million micro-entrepreneurs by 2018.
The company was also in the news recently due to their latest update which allowed the Uber app to track a user’s location even if they aren’t using the app and caused a huge backlash concerning privacy.