- Uber is expanding into eight more cities across Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana and raising its safety measures
- The company announced that it will now be operational in Owerri and Akure in Nigeria; Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru and Naivasha in Kenya; and Tamale and Sunyani in Ghana
- The ride-hailing app has also launched sharing options across the markets to help reduce costs for riders and increase demand for drivers
Uber is expanding into eight more cities across Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana and raising its safety measures.
On September 7, 2022, the company announced that it will now be operational in Owerri and Akure in Nigeria; Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru and Naivasha in Kenya; and Tamale and Sunyani in Ghana.
According to the company, the expansions illustrate Uber’s commitment to the region and signal more opportunities for more drivers to earn.
The company has also launched sharing options across the markets to help reduce costs for riders and increase demand for drivers.
As such the firm has launched UberX Share in Ghana and Nigeria, and Uber ChapChap Share in Kenya.
According to Uber, the shared rides will allow riders to save up to 30 per cent of the trip fare when matched with a co-rider heading in the same direction, and where a match is not possible, they will still be able to save 5 per cent from their ride.
“The introduction of UberX Share allows us to proudly demonstrate the power of our platform, understanding the ability to match rider destinations while delivering convenience and affordability. We are a global company that builds locally; and in Ghana, we tapped into the local culture of car-pooling when moving around, which makes this product a great fit for the market,” said.
Travelling across the city with an entire crew has never been easier with the launch of UberXL in Nairobi, Kenya. This option provides seating for up to six people, which is great for airport and business trips where extra luggage space may be required. In South Africa, riders can now reserve their group to travel 30 days in advance with UberXL Reserve and Uber Van Reserve.
Uber Comfort, which is currently available in South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire, will now be available in Ghana. This bespoke offering is designed for riders looking for an upgrade to their everyday ride with extra comfort. Drivers on Uber Comfort are known to provide excellent service while exhibiting friendliness, courtesy and professionalism.
Uber Connect, one of the app’s most popular products available in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ghana, will soon be available in two additional cities in Nigeria.
Uber Connect is an on-demand delivery solution that allows users to send and receive packages with speed. The feature comes built-in with a PIN verification providing users peace of mind that their package is being delivered to the right person.
“Safety is at the core of how we do business, and we are proud to announce three new safety features to help improve the experience of users,” said Khaole.
In a separate story, Kenyan-based technology company Little recently announced plans to construct a commercial office building in Lavington, Nairobi, using commercial mortgage loans.
According to Cytonn Investments, the construction cost would be estimated to come in between KSh 597.9 million and KSh 717.4 million and will begin in 2023 on an undisclosed size of land that the company owns along Kabasarian Avenue.
Little began its operations in 2016 as a taxi-hailing service provider and is currently based in Craft Silicon Campus building in Westlands, along with its parent company, Craft Silicon Limited.
However, Little is seeking to establish its own identity through the upcoming development that will also accommodate its increasing operations that have caused more expansion, besides minimising congestion at its current location.
Besides taxi-hailing services it began with, Little App currently runs other operations such as food deliveries, entertainment services, and health care services.
The commercial office sector continues to show signs of recovery, as evidenced by the various expansion activities witnessed in the sector.
Going forward, the investment firm said it expects the move to continue driving the performance of the sector by providing more affordable commercial space for expanding businesses.