When we talk about Uber, most people would think of it as a replacement to taxis. A lot of ruckus has been going on in Malaysia between ride-sharing services, SPAD and taxi drivers, but let’s welcome the new year by looking at the more positive side of things – Uber completed its billionth trip, and it is rewarding those involved.
It all started on Christmas Eve in London, when Marvin booked Ara for an UberX ride from London Fields, Hackney to Hoxton. The car that served the billionth trip was Ara’s blue Honda Insight Hybrid, and the ride costed £5 (approximately RM32).
To celebrate the event and also the holiday season of giving, Uber rewarded the driver, the passenger, and the neighbourhood where the billionth trip started. The driver, Ara, will be getting an all expense paid trip to the Uber city of his choice, while Marvin – the passenger – is receiving one whole year’s worth of Uber rides for free. The Hackney Pirates, which is a charity that caters to the youth of the neighbourhood where the billionth trip started, will also be getting a donation from Uber.
It’s pretty normal for Uber to celebrate its millionth milestone in each of the city it operates in by giving out free rides and other goodies. But for its billionth ride, it’s definitely surprising of Uber to give a year’s worth of free rides, or even an all expense paid trip holiday to the destination of your choice.