Uber Has Announced A Budget Uber Service That Will Be Available Across South Africa. Uber South Africa has announced its budget e-hailing ride service UberNam has been renamed to UberGo and is now available nationwide. “We are excited to announce that UberGo, a low-cost product available in Port Elizabeth since 2017, has become a permanent option across South Africa. We have therefore decided to change the name of UberNam to UberGo, to follow Uber global standards,” the company said in a statement.
UberGo drivers use smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, which allow riders to get better prices than on the standard service. According to Uber’s vehicle requirements page, this includes a number of 5-door hatchback models stretching back to 2013, as well as 4-door sedan models going back to 2011.
“Riders and drivers can expect the same door-to-door safety features such as an in-app emergency button, Injury Protection, 24/7 support, including driver background checks and screenings. We remain committed to delivering more affordable options with the same safety standards while unlocking further earning opportunities for driver-partners across South Africa,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.
The list of accepted hatchbacks includes the Ford Figo, VW Polo and Polo Vivo, Toyota Yaris and Etios, Suzuki Dzire and Celeria, Mazda 3, Kia Picanto, Nissan Micra, as well as the Hyundai i10 and i20.
Uber is a peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery, and transportation Network Company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009 and has operations in over 900 metropolitan areas worldwide. Uber is estimated to have over 93 million monthly active users worldwide.
Uber does not provide transportation services, but instead determines the fees and terms on which independent drivers transport riders. The company takes a share of each fare. Uber uses a dynamic pricing model as fares fluctuate depending on the local supply and demand at the time of service. Customers are quoted the fare in advance.
With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting people’s finances negatively, this service is introduced at a time where South Africans might need it the most. These cost effective rides will help people save up on transport money and actually be able to use it for other essentials.