Uber shares data on users

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  • Friday, 16 Dec 2016

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Uber, the global ride hailing service is probably one of the most popular form of transportation today, and the company recently concluded its third year in Malaysia with a sharing session with the media.

It revealed that its users in Kuala Lumpur have clocked up a whopping 128 million kilometres in total – that’s equivalent to three thousand trips around the world.

Not surprisingly, the favourite destination for KL users is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Uber’s data also shows that local users are active beyond our borders and have “Ubered” in 448 other cities around the world.

Also, 31% of riders took a trip between 10pm and 2am. “This is really telling on how the public has embraced Uber as a form of safe transportation,” says Uber general manager for Malaysia expansion Kenny Chong.

Also, 24% of all Uber trips began or ended near a train station.

“People just don’t want to get stuck in a jam for an hour as a lot of productivity is lost,” says Chong, adding that Uber is constantly trying to work out how it can better complement public transportation, especially with the new MRT lines.

This year it covered five new cities, namely Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu, Kucing, Malacca and most recently Seremban. Prior to this, it was only available in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru.

“We’ve come a long way in three years,” said Chong, adding that even the former Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar became a Uber driver.

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