The world’s largest ridesharing company, Uber, hit yet another milestone in the India and South Asia region as they rolled past the 1 Billion mark. The billionth trip took place in the city where Uber took its first trip in India, five years ago – Bengaluru. Six other trips started at the same time – one in Mumbai and two in Hyderabad, three in Delhi.
Speaking about the milestone, Uber India and South Asia’s newly appointed President of Rides, Pradeep Parameswaran said, “This is a very exciting and significant milestone not just for the India & South Asia region but for Uber as a whole. This 1 billion mark is a testament to the impact that technologies like Uber can make towards redefining the future of urban mobility. As we gear up to deliver the next 10 billion rides in the region, this will continue to inspire our efforts to provide a convenient and affordable ride to millions of riders and stable earning opportunities to millions of driver partners, across multiple modes of transportation.”
Interestingly, Uber hit another milestone recently as it completed 10 billion trips globally on June 10. Two trips, one in Ahmedabad and one in Delhi NCR, were part of the 173 simultaneous trips that marked this milestone.
Reinforcing the pace of growth that Uber is witnessing in the region, the 1 billion number comes within a year of the company completing 500 million trips in India & South Asia.
Here are some fun facts about our 1 billion milestone:
- Our billionth trip happened in the city where it all started – Bengaluru. An Uber Premier was requested at 1:16 AM
- Six other trips started at the same second on Uber Go (1 in Mumbai and 2 in Hyderabad and 3 in Delhi)
- 480 million of the 670 mn rated trips have been 5-star trips.
- The billion trips have covered a cumulative distance of 11.1 billion kilometres – that’s 37 times to the sun and back!
- So far, since launch uberPOOL has helped avoid over 200 trillion kms of independent travel (219,797,766 kms) which have helped prevent over 36,537 tonnes (36,537,000 kg) of CO2 emissions
- 75% of the billion trips have been requested on an android device, 24% on iPhone and 1% on Windows device.
- With over 19,923 trips taken so far (the highest in the region), Jaswinder Singh from Chandigarh has been driving with Uber since March 2015 and has an overall rating of 4.81
Fun Facts about the 7 simultaneous 1 billionth trips:
- Of the 7 simultaneous trips, the longest trip covered a distance of 17.4 km and the shortest covered a distance of 1.4 kms
- Amongst the 7 driver partners on these simultaneous trips, Bala Raju K from Hyderabad has been driving since Feb 2016 with an overall rating of 4.78
- Pavankumar S also from Hyderabad, was the 1 billionth driver partner with the shortest tenure, driving with Uber since 30th June, 2018 with an overall rating of 4.73
- The driver partners on the 7 simultaneous trips received an average rating of 4.0, 75% of ratings were 5-star
- Riders on these 7 simultaneous trips received an average rating of 4.48, 71% of ratings were 5-star
This milestone and plans for the next 10 billion reiterates Uber’s continuing commitment to India and South Asia. As mentioned by both Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO and Barney Harford, Chief Operating Officer in their visits to the region in the past months, India continues to be central to Uber’s growth story and Uber’s success as a ridesharing company is hardcoded to its success in India.