Transportation services in India, a major market for Uber Technologies Inc., have emerged as a leader in a sector already dominated by domestic and foreign players.
Uber Technologies India, India’s second-largest ride-hailing company, says its service has attracted about 30 million new users since it launched in March 2017, and that the number of active users has grown by about 3 million a day, driven by an increase in the number people using Uber services in rural India.
Uber Technologies India chief executive officer Amit Singhal said the growth has been driven by demand from people seeking safe, reliable transportation.
Uber India also said its service had helped to lower the price of private taxi rides in rural areas by up to 50 percent.
Uber said the numbers from the India data center are not indicative of total demand for Uber services.
Uber is also a key player in the market for driverless cars, and its ride-sharing services have grown rapidly since it opened in India in 2014.
Uber’s ride-service market share is now nearly 10 percent, according to a report from market research firm Ovum.
Uber also operates in a few other emerging markets in South Asia and the Middle East, including China, Brazil, India, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Uber is also growing its fleet of self-driving cars in the United States.