Uber , on-demand mobility smartphone application, has officially launched in Yangon.

The app aims to bring reliable transport everywhere for everyone, offering affordable rides at the push of a button.For driver partners, Uber creates flexible economic opportunities by connecting them with riders quickly and efficiently.

Chief Minister of Yangon Region His Excellency Phyo Min Thein presided over the launch event.

“We are excited to launch in Myanmar, serving riders, drivers, and the city of Yangon. The city has shown itself a leader in embracing innovation and progressive regulations, ” said Michael Brown, Regional General Manager, Asia Pacific.

He,further, thanked the Government for welcoming Uber, innovation, and new economic opportunities.

“We look forward to supporting Yangon’s economic development by creating economic opportunities for its people, and allowing people to connect with the things they love the most,” explained Michael Brown in his speech held at the Yangon Gallery.

Users can now use the application on their smartphones by downloading from App Store and Google Play, signing up with phone number and email, requesting a ride and driver will pick you up within minutes.

Users are able to pay by both in cash and credit card. However, the availability may be limited.

Started in 2010, Uber has now expanded into 450 cities. The company has completed over 2 billion trips for the past 6 years.  Uber has also started greater challenging issues of reducing congestion in the cities the app is operating in by getting more people into fewer cars. The innovation is called “uberPOOL” which allows people heading the same direction to share their ride, Uber can be part of the solution to traffic congestion.

This follows the launch of Grab Taxi weeks ago. The competition in ride-hailing applications in Yangon is now intensifying with 2 local operators; Hello Cabs and Oway ride versus global giant competitors; Grab Taxi and Uber.

UberFacts

  • Uber started in 2010 in San Francisco.
  • Uber now operates in more than 450 cities.
  • Myanmar is the 76th country where Uber operates.
  • More than 5 million Uber trips happen each day
  • More than 40 million monthly active riders
  • 1.5 million active drivers globally
  • More than 12,000 employees globally

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