Following India and Thailand, Indonesia is the next (natural) destination for Uber’s motorbike taxi service
The speculation has finally came true. After launching a motorbike taxi service in Bangkok and Bangalore under the name uberMOTO, ride-hailing app Uber today announced the launch of their motorbike taxi service in Jakarta, uberMOTOR.
(Most likely to prevent terrible puns coming from Indonesian netizens, as ‘moto‘ means taking photos in Indonesian colloquial.)
Customers are able to opt between cash and credit cards for payment, with the base tariff starting from IDR1,000 (US$0.07), with per kilometer and per minute rate at IDR1,000, and a minimum fare of IDR1,000.
As per standard safety procedure, customers will be provided with helmets during the trip. The service also includes GPS tracking, two-way feedback and the ability to share trip details with family and friends
For the launch, Uber is giving away IDR75,000-worth (US$5.7) of free rides for first-time customers.
To use uberMOTOR service, customers only have to log on their Uber app and choose the uberMOTOR option
It also involves Indonesian celebrity blogger Arief ‘Poconggg’ Muhammad to promote the launch in his social media platforms.
Uber does not disclose the number of drivers on board at the moment, though they mentioned in their official statement that it will be ‘limited during the launching period.’
The company had also begun to open recruitment for drivers.
The launch of uberMOTOR calls for a tougher competition in Jakarta streets, with players such as Go-Jek and Grab already roaming the streets. Seeing how Uber rated their tariff, e27 believes that we can expect fierce tariff battle going on soon.
Image Credit: Uber
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