Uber has announced a range of new products and updates focused on travel, safety and delivery across Sub Saharan Africa(SSA) and Ghana.
The move is to enhance passengers security and that of drivers as well as transport more people and goods to other cities.
General Manager for Uber SSA, Kagiso Khaole in an interview with the Ghanaian Times yesterday stated that his outfit was working assiduously with the government to improve on the safety of drivers and passengers adding “Our aspiration is to move more people and goods to more cities, innovate new features and products, raise the bar on safety, explore categories beyond the food category and grow earnings opportunities.”
He announced its expansion to Tamale and Sunyani in Ghana, “making Uber available in 6 cities in Ghana and 18 cities across West Africa”.
These expansions he said signalled more access to earning opportunities for drivers and affordable, convenient, and reliable mobility solutions for riders, at the tap of a button.
To help reduce costs for riders and increase demand for drivers, he hinted the roll out of two new products, UberX Share and Uber Comfortin Ghana.
For him, these two services would allow riders to save up to 30 per cent when matched with a co-rider heading in a similar direction and also give riders more trip customisation options.
Head of Ghana and Ivory Coast, Uber, Marjorie Saint-Lot, explained that Ghana was a key market for Uber in Sub-Saharan Africa and as they grew they were committed to rolling out a suite of products that demonstrated the understanding of the local market.
“As we expand and launch new products, drivers will have access to more earning opportunities, and riders to reliable and convenient modes of transportation.”
“As ridesharing becomes a way of life for more people, Uber never stops raising the bar on safety and has a range of features that take advantage of the latest smartphone technology to ensure that riders and drivers feel safe” she stated.
BY BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY