Uber opens up ride-hailing service for companies

Andrew Cummings
April 20, 2017

The service is built on top of the Uber for Business (U4B) platform that enables companies or teams to set up a corporate Uber account.

Uber for Business is used by 65,000 organisations worldwide, including Goldman Sachs and Dell.

"We found out pretty early on that business users were going to be the fastest-growing area of our business", General Manager for Uber for Business Travis Bogard told eWEEK.

This will allow them to manage their transport logistics and provide Uber-based transportation for employees or customers.

Uber Central is a dashboard that works within Uber for Business and runs on any tablet or browser and solves a common problem for businesses.

As per a statement by Uber, customers who receive rides via Central do not even need to have an Uber account or the app to avail a ride.

More than 8,000 companies participated in the pilot program, Uber said, showing instant demand in the market. However the payment will be charged directly to the business account tied to Uber Central, and the best part is that the person that the ride is being hailed for doesn't even need an Uber account. "Globally, between the 70 countries and 500 cities we operate in, having the consistency of being able to pull the route, show up in the city and get the same experience, was really valuable and impactful".

Organizations using Uber Central will also get digital billing, reporting and management tools to manage operations. "Businesses would buy all the phones, connect to Uber, and give them to customers to use".

Uber is adding a new update to its assortment of business tools by the name of "Uber Central", which allows business users to order multiple Uber cars for various customers or client using a single app.

Since this is the first iteration of Uber Central, the company hasn't established any policy regarding price markups.

Roadside assistance provider Agero offered rides to customers whose cars needed to be taken into the shop.

Ridesharing service Uber changed that game with the convenience and the cost savings it brought companies, proving to be 30% cheaper compared to using taxis.

For more information on Uber Central, go here.

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