Uber Pool Resources in Asia’s 2nd Largest Market – India

U.S. ride-hailing firm Uber said that the recent deal to fold its China operations into local rival Didi Chuxing would allow it to invest more in India, where it has recorded rapid growth this year, according to a letter to investors obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

Three years after it launched in India, Uber UBER 0.00% says it now operates in 28 cities and is completing 5.5 million passenger car trips per week.

That compares with just 65,000 per week in January, 2015, and marks an increase of more than threefold from the 1.6 million trips a week in India in January of this year, the three-page investor note said.

The stakes for ride-hailing firms are particularly high in India, already one of the world’s fastest growing taxi markets, as choking cities leave fewer Indians the room or appetite to buy their own cars.

Uber now completes more than one million car trips per week in the Indian capital New Delhi and in the southern tech hub of Bengaluru.

Uber hosts 400,000 drivers on its platform in India, around half of which are active. It also has more than five million monthly active riders, which is the second-largest outside the United States.

India, a nation of 1.3 billion whose population is set to overtake China’s by 2022 according to the United Nations, poses a unique set of challenges to ride-hailing firms.

It has also just launched a “dial an Uber” feature in some cities with patchy network coverage that makes it easier to order a cab for someone else.

The letter said the company would focus on ride-sharing service UberPOOL, food delivery app UberEATS, and self-driving cars that will undergo first pilot tests this month in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh.

UberPOOL is now available in 30 cities around the world and accounts for approximately 20% of all trips globally, the letter said. That compares with a share of 25% in the six Indian cities where UberPOOL is now available. – Fortune

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