Uber MalaysiaFriday, November 21, 2014 5:20 PM
Uber, one of the fastest growing technology companies in Silicon Valley, is a software technology company that connects drivers and riders. The company has made a name for itself as a disruptive business that is innovating urban transportation in many parts of the world.
Recently, Fast Company named Uber #1 Innovative Company in Mobile, and #6 Most Innovative Company- ahead of likes of Samsung, Google, and Apple.
Uber launched in June 2010 in San Francisco and expanded to over 20 cities by the end of 2012. In the past six months, the company’s growth has accelerated especially on a global scale. With its expanding list of over 65 cities in 25 countries that include London, Paris, Washington DC, Munich, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Sydney, Singapore, Bangalore, Manila, Seoul, Taipei and now Kuala Lumpur, Uber wants to bring world-class transportation solutions to world-class cities. Uber plans to expand to more neighboring mega-cities in the Asian region within the next year.
Uber first entered the Asian market in February of 2013, by launching in Singapore. The company began beta-testing its product in several other Asian cities after that and finally made it’s way to Kuala Lumpur in late October 2013, making it the 6th city in Asia.
There are many reasons why Uber decided to come to Kuala Lumpur:
1) Kuala Lumpur has a high Smartphone penetration which is rapidly climbing month on month. Malaysians are comfortable adopters of new technology and are very open to trying new concepts.
2) Uber can bring additional revenue to drivers and give them a chance to grow their businesses once they see the value of Uber.
3) Kuala Lumpur has a big traffic problem. Uber believes it can innovate transportation everywhere and reduce the number of cars on the road.
4) Uber is foreigner-friendly. Available in more than 15 different languages (and counting), it helps foreign visitors tremendously. Uber has millions of users globally, and when foreigners come to Kuala Lumpur, many of them have already been opening the Uber app in their preferred language to see if there are cars available.
Vehicles on the Uber platform in Kuala Lumpur are exclusively luxury vehicles:
Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, Mercedes S-Class or E-Class, BMW 7-Series, etc.
Price is based on time and distance traveled for each trip. Some sample fares include (varies based on traffic):
KLCC to Jalan Bukit Bintang (RM13 - RM15)
KLCC to Bangsar Baru (RM29 - RM37)
KLCC to KL Sentral (RM26 - RM33)
Subang Jaya to Publika (RM64 - RM71)
KL to KLIA (Flat Rate of RM300) KL to LCCT (Flat Rate of RM300)
How to use Uber :
The process is simple, download Uber app from Appstore or Playstore, register your account. Scan your card (Uber accepts Credit and Debit Card), and Uber will locate your nearest driver to pick you up.
For more detailed fare information, please see http://www.uber.com/cities/kuala-lumpur
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