Cab aggregator Uber’s new app for its drivers is now available in India. Uber Driver will be, however, available to select driver-partners in Kochi and courier partners in Chennai for now.
The company claims the app was built after experimenting with over 100 driver and courier partners in Bengaluru as part of its global beta launch.
Uber said the app would be rolled out in a phased manner across the country over the coming months.
“Our teams spent time on-ground, interacting with partners through group sessions, ride alongs and in person meetings to gather inputs. Every piece of their feedback was important and it was incorporated into building an app that meets their needs,” Pradeep Parameswaran, Head of Central Operations, Uber India and South Asia, said in a statement.
The app has an “Earnings tracker” to let drivers know how much they earned on their last trip, and makes it easy to track progress.
“Status bar” feature of Uber Driver provides real-time updates on market conditions around them and opportunities for more trips nearby.
“When a driver taps an opportunity, the app will provide optional navigation to the recommended area,” the company said.
The “Notifications” feature lets drivers see messages about upcoming earning opportunities, feedback from riders and information about their account.
“Driver profile” feature allows riders to learn more about their driver and find new ways to connect. Drivers can see how much they have made any time after every trip.
The Uber Driver app typically uses 2 GB of data per month.
Announcing the launch of the app, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said it was “built for drivers, with drivers”.
Excited to introduce the new Driver app一built for and with drivers, and designed to meet their needs on their journey. Had a blast taking it for a spin. Driving is harder than it looks, but hopefully the new app makes the experience a lot less stressful. https://t.co/pkHAvrrn8C
— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) April 10, 2018
“Drivers’ opinions shaped the app for the better. After over 100,000 trips, thousands of conversations, and many bugs reported (and fixed!), we’re excited to share the product of our partnership: a new app built for drivers, with drivers,” Khosrowshahi said in a blog post.