All set to rule the waves, Uber will give access to speedboat services to its users on routes such as the Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves, and Alibaug (Mandwa Jetty). Booking the boat would be just like booking a cab, from the Uber app. The wait time would not be more than 15 minutes, promises San Fransisco's ride-hailing giant.
Starting from February 1, Uber users can avail two variety of boats: UberBOAT with a capacity of 6-8 passengers and UberBOAT XL with a capacity of 10 passengers. The cost for the same would be around INR 5700 and INR 9500 respectively. The service will be available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Is This A Game Changer?Definitely. As compared to a ferry which takes around an hour to reach Mandwa Jetty from The Gateway Of India, UberBOAT will take a mere 20 minutes to do the same job. There are passengers and tourists who commute daily on this route. This might be the start of a pivotal journey in connecting Mumbai's sea route to various destinations.
Starting with the Gateway - Mandwa - Elephanta route first, Uber plans to expand to the suburbs and Navi Mumbai as well, adding significantly to Mumbai's tourism industry and sea transportation industry.
A new mode of transportation is a sign of relief considering the number of traffic on the roads is increasing by the second in the dream city and the new metro construction is nowhere near the finish line.
With future plans of starting areal rides in 5 countries (India being one of them), Uber has literally set its foot in every possible door.
What's next, Uber? Probably an UberShuttle ride to Mars. I wouldn't be too astounded!