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UBER, an American worldwide online transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California has launched in India, a new service to its big pool of services and it calls this one the UberHIRE.

UberHIRE enables users to hire cars in India, and this is to be done in an unconventional way. One unique thing about the UberHIRE service is that hired cars are staffed with a driver who handles multiple journeys.

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According to UBER, UberHIRE India will in its first stage start off in eight cities – New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vizag and Nagpur with more cities slated for launch in the weeks to come.

The US-based cab company also explained that the ‘UberHire’ service comes in response to a whole lot of requests from Uber users. These includes Users who desired to keep their Uber driver for a particular day of a drive.

In my honest opinion, I’d very much key into this as no one would love to keep flagging off cabs every moment which they need one, when there’s an option that would enable you keep one for a longer period of use knowing fully well that with UberHIRE, users can hold their Uber cab for a maximum period of 12 hours.

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As is the regular practice, pricing is a function of both “distance and duration,”, just similar to the regular Uber. Also, fares or drive fees can only be settled in cash (this is only for the main time), while the minimum fare ranges from Rs 449 ($6.70) for up to 2 hours or up to 30 km. Afterwards, charges will be at Rs 2 ($0.0298) per minute and Rs 12 per km.

“Our technology makes it possible for us to create specific solutions that can help users have access to reliable transportation at affordable prices. UberHIRE is one such product that addresses the unique commuting needs of riders in India, especially that of tourists, business travellers, senior citizens, and working professionals,”

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These were the words of Uber India head of engineering Apurva Dalal as he spoke about this newest UBER initiative.

It is very applausible on the part of UBER that they have had the foresight to think this one out and launch such service. No doubt about the fact that it’ll be highly appreciated by UBER users, and non-users like me. How about you? What do you think of the service?