From one billion trips in 2015 to hitting the five billion mark this May, Uber has certainly come a long way since its first tread-marks in 2010.
A company statement informs that on May 20, 156 trips started simultaneously at 7:29:06am GMT, putting it over the five billion mark. These trips happened in 24 countries on six continents, in cities like Mumbai, Moscow and Medellin.
Incidentally, some of these specially-christened trips were first-time-ever for some people. As the company shares, one lucky driver was on his first trip, he picked up a passenger on a motorbike in Jakarta, Indonesia; and six riders were taking their first Uber trips, too. A first-time rider from Chennai was also one of the 6 riders to have been a part of this milestone globally.
India happened to have a significant contribution towards whizzing by this big turn. Out of the 156 simultaneous 5 billionth trip, India made the largest contribution outside of U.S. with 19 simultaneous 5 billionth trips – tells the company. In fact, India emerged as the second-largest contributor to the global milestone, after the U.S. Driver partners across Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune simultaneously clocked the 5 billionth trip.
Amit Jain, President, Uber India & South Asia commented, “Really excited to see that multiple cities across India have contributed to the 5 billionth trip mark. This is a testimony to the phenomenal growth trajectory that hundreds of thousands of driver partners have helped fuel. We are humbled to see so many entrepreneurial dreams come true. All of these trips wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of driver partners. We’re giving each of the 156 drivers involved in this milestone $500 as a token of our gratitude and appreciation.
As to what’s next, the company adds that it is more focused than ever on building features for riders and drivers that will get it to the next five billion.
That would be worth watching, especially with the assorted turn of events that has caught this pioneer-cum-market leader off the road in the last few months itself.