Uber, a multinational online taxi dispatch company, will start operating in six more major Mexican cities, including Mérida, Yucatán, said Luis de Uriarte, spokesman of Uber Mexico.
For confidentiality reasons, Uber did not reveal the number of associates that started providing the service Tuesday March 8th, in the city of Mérida, Yucatán; but he declared that none of these drivers are “pirates”.
Luis de Uriarte officially announced that the subscribed drivers and vehicles that went through a strict selection process by observing quality standards, have started to provide the service today. “This is a private service delivered by a qualified private driver who owns an approved vehicle to a private passenger who requires secure means of transportation”, he said.
Uriarte stated that Uber currently operates in Mexico City, Toluca, León, Puebla, Querétaro, Tijuana, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The service became available in Mérida, Hermosillo, Mexicali, San Luis Potosí, Aguascalientes and Cuernavaca today.
“Uber does not provide a public service, it facilitates transportation through a technological app that people can download to their mobile devices. As part of Uber launching campaign, users that make the higher number of recommendations will have the opportunity to win a full year of free transportation”, de Uriarte continued.
In a press release, Uber executives said they are excited to offer, starting today, safe and reliable travel for enjoyment every corner of the cities already mentioned.
This is the first time in its history that Uber launches that many cities simultaneously as an example of commitment to offer another mobility option accessible to people in these communities.
Uber says it brings the best of technology, providing a safe and reliable travel. When applying for a trip through the application, users can expect the vehicle to arrive safely at its destination. In addition, users and drivers are fully identified on the platform and the route is monitored by GPS from the beginning to the end of the trip. Also, users can share their trip’s data with a family member or friend, with the possibility to follow the route from their mobile phones.
Before being activated on the platform, associated Uber drivers go through a selection process that verifies the technical documentation and the mechanical condition of their vehicle.
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As part of the service, at the end of the ride, user rates the driver; and driver rates the user.
As a user, you must be aware that a 4 star rating or smaller will damage your driver and make fewer drivers available the next time you call. Uber only recognizes a 5 star rating as a positive one. Any number less than 5 may harm your driver’s service. Only the best drivers remain active on the platform and that is why the average score of drivers partners in Mexico is 4.7 stars out of five.
A recent survey among users of Uber in Mexico found that 83% of them have more than one vehicle at home; thanks to Uber, now 43% of them are willing to leave them in “casa”. This means fewer vehicles on the streets, helping more people to move around their cities. All with the touch of a button.
According to figures from the International Labour Organization, Mexico will end 2016 with 2.4 million unemployed. In this context, Uber is new alternative for people who need a flexible and safe source of income, that may not be interested or able to have a full time job, or may be encountered in the midst of a transition in their working lives.
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