Hot on the heels of Uber’s plans for transport world domination comes the news that the lower cost uberX service is launching in Johannesburg today, the 14th of August 2014, bringing with it a lower ride fare for those looking to use the transport app more often.
In exchange for being ferried around in the likes of the humble Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avanza rather than the Mercedes Benz C Class, Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series that uberBLACK drivers utilise, uberX passengers will receive lower base and minimum ride fares as well as reduced prices per minute and per kilometre used in the calculation of the overall ride cost.
Uber launched in South Africa in August last year with its uberBLACK, premium service and followed with launched in Cape Town and Durban. In June this year the company launched uberX in Cape Town and has been planning the launch of the service in Johannesburg ever since.
“We are thrilled to launch uberX in Johannesburg today. This new service means that you can now enjoy the seamlessness, efficiency and industry-leading safety features of Uber at an extremely affordable price.” said Alon Lits, General Manager for Uber Johannesburg. “We are humbled by the response of Joburg to Uber and we are already providing thousands of safe rides on a weekly basis.”
As part of the launch weekend promotion uberX rides will be free this weekend from this morning at 11h00 until Sunday night the 17th of August at 23h00.
To use uberX, as with all of the other Uber transport options, you need to download the Uber app for your smartphone from the Google Play Store for Android, iTunes App Store for iOS and, most recently, on the Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 8 users. Using any other mobile device you can visit m.uber.com from your smartphone’s browser to use the service.
So just how much cheaper will uberX be for the average trip around Jozi? Well Uber has supplied us with some estimates and we’ve made them look pretty for you guys in the table below.