Uber in Toronto
Rideshare services have taken the transportation industry by storm since Uber’s March 2009 founding. Cheaper than a taxi, and more time-effective than public transit, Uber has created a reliable service that many people use daily – totalling up to 50 million rides per week. Uber originated as a business-based app that could be utilized in 70 countries on 6 continents, and has since become a multifaceted company. With services such as “UberEats” and “Uber For Business” the company has effectively accounted for both businesses and casual users.
Whether it be for their morning commute, running errands, or late night adventures, Uber provides a convenient way of getting from point A to point B without the stress of negotiating traffic or the tedious task of finding parking. So whether you Uber everywhere (believe it or not, a single user took 2,357 trips in 2016 alone), or if you just take an occasional trip, 2017 marks a pivotable time for advancements for both business and leisure rideshare users.
Business professionals make up a huge percentage of frequent users. A 2016 statistic indicates that Toronto ranked #3 internationally for US travellers go-to means of ground transportation when travelling. Transportation is a huge company expense ($250 billion last year), and Uber saves businesses 30% on transportation expenses in comparison with traditional taxi services. In the upcoming year, Uber is working to further help businesses come up with a feasible solution for the tedious employee commute, which accounts for 10% of a working day.
2017 promises to be a year of new technology that further enhances passenger safety and consumer satisfaction. Earlier this year, Uber introduced self-driving cars with backseat tablets that contain “request stop” buttons, information about the speed that the car is going, and controls to change the music and temperature. These cars also include glow-in-the-dark Uber logos so that the user can find their Uber easily in the dark after a long day at the office or a night on the town.
Uber has also received such amazing feedback with “Uber Eats” that they are launching a larger scale version called “UberRUSH”. This innovative way of catering allows companies to large quantities of food that can be delivered to their office in only a few hours.
The future of technology is readily advancing, and these new features are key in helping reach Uber’s main goal of 2017; to revolutionize work culture by providing a reliable and time sensitive transportation service in order to eliminate stress and, in turn, boosts employee productivity.