Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Uber, the world’s largest on-demand ride-sharing company, crossed 5.0 billion-mark trips globally on Thursday, a company announcement said on Friday.
These trips happened in 24 countries on six continents, in cities like Mumbai, Moscow and Medellin.
One lucky driver was on his first trip: he picked up a passenger on a motorbike in Jakarta, Indonesia. And six riders were taking their first Uber trips, too.
Uber started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the push of a button?
“In late 2015, we hit a big milestone: one billion trips. Six months later, we crossed two billion. And just a few weeks ago, on Saturday, May 20, 156 trips started simultaneously at 7:29:06am GMT, putting us over the five billion mark,” the company explained.
All of these trips wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of drivers.
“We’re giving each of the 156 drivers involved in this milestone $500 to say thanks.”
Moving forward, “we’re more focused than ever on building features for riders and drivers that will get us to the next five billion. This is just the beginning…we’ll see you out on the road!”
Uber was first launched in the capital on November 22, 2016, with the aim of revolutionizing the way millions of people think about getting around their cities.
Earlier on May 23, the company celebrated 180 days of service in Dhaka, by reiterating that the company’s strategic focus in 2017 will be to make every Uber ride in the capital a great experience for both riders and driver partners.