Foremost ride-hailing company in Nigeria, Uber, has announced the introduction of her two new services for the Nigerian market.
Uber said the two services, ‘Uber Connect’ and ‘Uber Hourly’, will be available for Nigeria customers in the next few months.
Speaking about the services in an email statement on Tuesday, the country manager, Tope Akinwumi, said that the initiative was birthed from the desire to bring innovativeness in solving the transportation needs of people.
“We want to bring innovations designed to help people get anywhere and get anything as cities start to move again.
“As we want to show our commitment to improving the lives of Nigerians, and more importantly, unlocking access to earning opportunities for drivers, we believe this announcement is a step in the right direction,” he said.
He noted that Uber Hourly, which is already operating in several cities around the world, is an alternative to on-demand, point-to-point trips that will provide riders added convenience with no need to re-book their ride.
The Hourly will enable riders to book rides by the hour, providing them with a single driver for their entire journeys especially for riders who may need extra time to complete tasks, also availing drivers the opportunity to make more money.
“Hourly already launched in several cities around the world including Dar es Salaam and based on those insights and the warm reception from both riders and drivers, we’re excited to bring this to Nigeria.
“We built this feature for those moments when you anticipate you’ll need extra time getting things done, and so drivers can access a meaningful earnings opportunity while “locking in” an upfront time frame for the service provided,” Akinwumi said.
He said that Uber Connect leverages Uber’s logistics technology and network to provide people with a quick and affordable way to send packages to friends and family using the Uber app.
“The agility of our platform allows us to quickly adapt our products to meet the evolving needs of communities impacted by the health crisis while experimenting with new revenue streams and earning opportunities for drivers,” Akinwumi explains.
The ride-hailing company, which also offers freight, courier and other transport services, has kicked off Uber Connect in Ghana, South Africa and Kenya, including other countries across the globe.