Uber, the largest mobile phone-based ride-sharing company in the world, is planning to launch a motorbike-sharing service in Dhaka soon to provide the commuters with a faster option to navigate through the capital city's traffic.
The service, named UberMOTO, will be launched considering the fact that Dhaka commuters are always looking for better, simpler and faster ways to beat the city traffic, a source in Uber's Dhaka office told UNB.
The company may announce the launch of UberMOTO this week as it has already registered several thousand motorcycles, an Uber official said, requesting anonymity.
Uber, which was launched in Dhaka in November 2016, has already received an overwhelming response both from commuters and drivers.
Motorcycles are the most preferred and cost-effective transportation mode in a traffic-congested city like Dhaka, which is evident from the surge of almost 40% in motorcycle sales in the last one year, according to BRTA statistics.
The idea of UberMOTO has been welcomed by motorcycle riders in Dhaka.
“In a city where time and energy is drained out of the living by 7km/hour average traffic speed, motorbikes have become the champions,” said Rasel Akhter, a private service holder who uses motorcycle to commute between his workplace in Motijheel and his residence in Mirpur 2.
Although there is a risk of accident, this will be a better service if the bikers obey the traffic rules properly, sources said.
Other than dispelling anonymity of the partner giving the trip, Uber provides safety features such as status sharing with friends and family, GPS tracking of the trip en-route and a rating system that serves as a two-way feedback to improve the service.