As expected, Uber has taken an initiative to compete with Careem. The ride-hailing service have officially announced to launch rickshaw services in Karachi, starting today.
Karachi already has rickshaws as the most common mean of transport due to congested roads and cost efficiency. With uberAuto, you would be able to roam around the city with minimal costs.
UberAuto has been launched for the convenience of the customers in terms of financial help and time savings when hailing a ride. It is expected that Uber will move to other major Pakistani cities with this initiative as well, due to similar crowded road patterns and locals preferring rickshaw over expensive alternatives.
The base far is said to be Rs 35 and Uber is charging Rs 3 per kilometer (or Rs 1 per minute). The minimum far has to mount up to Rs 50, which is compulsory.
Just like when they launched in Lahore, uberAUTO is giving 5 free rides up to Rs 75 through Sunday, 27th November in Karachi as well.
It should be recalled that when uberAUTO first started in Lahore, the rickshaw fares were set to Rs 45 as base fare. Per kilometer, they charged Rs 4. However now, they have lowered their rates to attract more customers.
Here is a detailed breakdown of the fares:
How It Works
To book a rickshaw, the process is much similar to before – when ordering a car. The promo codes are available for uberAUTO too, even the prices of the rickshaws are far too cheap already.
- Download or open the Uber application.
- Enter promo code ‘FREEAUTO’.
- Slide the icon to ‘uberAUTO’.
- Confirm your pickup location and request a ride.
Note: The actual fares may vary depending on traffic and routes.
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