Cab hailing technology firm Uber has hit exactly 15 months since it launched in Kenya during the Nairobi restaurant Week, already claiming victims who were then established competition.
“It’s been over 15 months since Uber hit the streets of Kenya, and it’s been an absolutely exhilarating ride. We are humbled to have moved with you over a million times in Nairobi and Mombasa,” the firm announced. “Over 100,000 of you choose Uber every month and since launching in Kenya we have facilitated over a million trips through the platform!”
The firm says it has travelled approximately 8,000,000 km in the time that it has been here and that’s the exact distance to make 10 trips to the moon – and back. Uber says the longest Uber trip lasted approximately 3 hours over a distance of almost 300 km and the average ETA in Kenya is 4 minutes.
In March this year the firm launched in Mombasa and is now focused on expansion to anywhere you can think of. Apart from the fracas Uber has had with local traditional taxi firms, it has been up to so good. Empowering women drivers, organising UberPITCH and
Places, people and experiences are what truly drive us. Since our launch in 2015, we’ve given you the chance to pitch your ideas to Nairobi’s startup heroes with UberPITCH, and recently the UberRECYCLE for Earth Day. There are over 1000 partner drivers working with Uber todate and that’s good.
The greatest thing Uber has done is kill its competition softly. Rocket Internet’s (AIG) EasyTaxi are exiting the market, Sasa Cabs is even unheard of, Pewin Cabs Dandia is not impressive and MaraMoja Transport is feeling the heat waves. All these have said Yes Sir to the Uber revolution. Mondo Ride is still new.