Cairo is the first city in the world to launch Uber Bus as an affordable way to get around the city every day.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said on Tuesday that, “ Uber Bus, a product built for Cairo, incorporates Uber technology into the city’s already popular minibus system to provide safe, seamless, and efficient trips. Cairo is the first city globally to be rolling out Uber Bus, which is an important step as Uber broadens its platform to be more accessible so that truly anyone, anywhere can get a ride.”
Introducing our newest offering—Uber Bus! Enhancing the famous Egypt minibus systems with Uber technology. A product built for Egypt that will make Uber more accessible, so that anyone, anywhere can get a ride #UberForEveryone @Uber_Egypt pic.twitter.com/UQJJV961Sw
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) December 4, 2018
According to Khosrowshahi, Uber’s entry will provide earning opportunities for more than 90,000 Egyptians every month.
“I’m excited to be in Cairo to launch Uber Bus, a product that will improve affordable transportation for millions of Egyptians by using Uber’s technology to enhance the popular minibus system. We are committed to broadening access to the Uber platform with a range of low-cost options that will move more people around town and help cities tackle issues such as congestion,” Uber CEO said.
Uber also announced it will bring Uber Lite, a new version of the rider app built to work in low connectivity, and with older Android devices, across the Middle East region early next year.
Uber Middle East GM, @tinowaked thrilled to introduce Uber Lite—a new version of the Uber app redesigned to be light, reliable, simple, work in any network & on any Android phone. #UberForEveryone pic.twitter.com/PWwI0fydmu
— Uber_Egypt (@Uber_Egypt) December 4, 2018
Uber has been testing Uber Bus since September 2018 to ensure the safety and seamlessness of the product prior to its launch.
Uber first launched in the African continent in 2013 – Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania.
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