Uber sets its sights on river boat cruises
London - It has changed the way we hail taxis for good, and has started to sink its teeth into takeaway food home deliveries.
Now Uber is taking a punt on river trips in Cambridge in the UK running trials this week on 40-minute tours which can be booked using its app.
The trips for up to eight take in the university city’s most popular sights and cost £10 (about R185) a boat.
They are being run in conjunction with local firm Tyrrell’s Punting, with proceeds going to charity.
But rival boat firms dismissed the offer as a gimmick, saying chauffeured trips usually cost from £15 per person, while self-guided punts are around £30 an hour.
Ivan Krushkov, booking manager at 110-year-old Scudamore’s, said: "They are pretty much giving it for free. It would be a different price if they are going to do it seriously."
The punts trial is part of a recent expansion into new areas for Uber, which added a London public transport option to its app in April and then launched Jump electric bikes in the capital.
Uber’s Fred Jones said: "What better way to finish the summer than punting boats booked through the Uber app?"
For now this does seem as a once off promotion and its not been extended to any Uber services outside of the UK or Cambridge.
The e-hailing service operates in over 60 countries and 400 cities worldwide with and expands it's services on a monthly basis including in Africa.Daily Mail