Uber is launching motorbike taxis in Bengaluru from Thursday , a service that will be priced lower than an autorickshaw.The bike taxi may enable a commuter to get around faster than in a car or an auto in congested Bengaluru. Rival Ola plans to shortly launch a similar bike taxi service. Uber launched the service, called UberMoto, for the first time in the world in Bangkok, about 10 days ago.
Bengaluru is the second city to see the service. The pilot project is expected to be extended to other Indian cities once Uber gains greater confidence about the model. A customer can share a ride with Uber’s motor bike taxi drivers for Rs 3-5 per km, besides a minimum fare and a per-minute fare, say sources familiar with the development. The service is targeted at short trips. Uber declined to comment on the matter.
Ola declined to comment on its plans, but sources said its service is in the works.