Uber Comes To Africa – Plans to Launch in Zim Underway

We all heard of Uber in the last years since its first launch in the cities of United Kingdom to other countries around Europe and the United States of America. Uber went on to launch its first ever operations in Africa, firstly in Cape Town, South Africa and then recently in Abuja, Nigeria.

Abuja becomes Uber’s 400th city to run its operations. Uber had launched operations in Mombasa, Kenya and Cape Town recently, making a very bold statement on the company’s ambitions to conquer the continent’s public transport sectors. 

By Shingie Levison Muringi

Uber has been causing stirs world over especially by public transport operators due to its intelligent way of picking up customers. As we await Uber’s probable launch in Zimbabwe, l decided to give more insight on this e-solution since almost everyone boards a tax in this country.

So what is Uber?

Uber helps people get a ride at the push of a button – there’s no waiting on the street or walking through unfamiliar neighborhoods to find a bus. It’s the most convenient way to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride.

Before Getting into the Car

  • No more street hails or waiting outside to find a ride.  You can start the Uber app from anywhere and wait safely for your car to arrive.   That means no standing on the street to hail a cab or struggling to find the nearest bus stop late at night.
  • Trips are no longer anonymous.  When a driver accepts your request, you see his or her first name, photo, and license plate number.  You can also check whether others have had a good experience with him or her.  In addition, the driver can see your first name and rating.  You can contact the driver—and vice versa— through the app if there is any confusion around pick-up details.

During the Ride

  • Share your ETA and location.  You can easily share your ride details, including the specific route and estimated time of arrival, with friends or family for extra peace of mind.  They’ll receive a link where they can see in real time the name and photo of the driver, their vehicle, and where you are on the map until you arrive at your destination—and they can do all of this without having to download the Uber app themselves.

After the Ride

  • Feedback and ratings after every trip.  After every ride, you and your drivers need to rate each other and provide feedback.  Our safety team reviews this information and investigates any issues.
  • 24/7 Support.  If something happens in a car, whether it’s a traffic accident or altercation between you and your driver, our customer support staff are ready to respond to any issues 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Rapid Response.  We have a dedicated Incident Response Team to answer any more urgent issues.  If we receive a report that a driver or rider has acted dangerously or inappropriately, we suspend their account, preventing him or her from accessing the platform while we investigate.

Behind the Scenes

  • Always on the map.  Accountability is one of the things that makes riders feel safe in an Uber.  We use GPS to keep a record of where a driver goes during the ride, allowing us to verify that the most efficient routes are being used, which creates accountability and a strong incentive for good behavior.
  • Working with law enforcement.  In cases where law enforcement provides us with valid legal process, we work to get them the facts, for example by providing trip logs.  Again, transparency and accountability are at the heart of the Uber experience.
  • Pre-screening drivers.  All drivers must undergo a screening process before they can use the Uber app.

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