Uber launches a bike-hailing service through UberMoto in Ibadan

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Uber, one of the world’s leading mobility companies, has launched UberMoto. This bike-hailing service is a low-cost alternative and smart mobility option that will allow you to be part of its product offerings in Nigeria.

UberMoto will begin its operations in Ibadan, with a 100 Naira minimum fares offering riders a 78 per cent lower-cost option, two months after UberX launched.

This product has the same safety features as other Uber options, such as Injury Protection and 24/7 support.

Ibadan, Nigeria’s third largest city, is home to more than 6 million people. The startup ecosystem in Ibadan, ranked 353 worldwide, shows positive momentum and has increased 601 spots since 2020. Ibadan is also ranked number 2 in Nigeria and 3 in Western Africa.

Uber was the leader in the app-based, on-demand ride-hailing industry before other global brands such as Bolt (formerly Taxify), and inDriver.

“It makes sense to launch a product which will help passengers get their destination faster, which is where technology can be leveraged, and we are excited about introducing UberMoto,” Tope Akinwumi was the Country Manager for Uber Nigeria.

We know that as we recover, it is important to continue offering solutions that meet the needs of consumers looking for smart mobility solutions. This will also allow us to provide new revenue streams for drivers and increase our earning potential.

— Tope Akinwumi

Uber’s innovative services and products are driving force. Akinwumi stated that Uber is committed to providing Uber drivers and riders with better experiences.

Uber and Opibus , a Swedish-Kenyan developer of electric vehicles, have signed a strategic partnership. This will enable Uber to deploy 3,000 electric bikes in Africa by 2022 to meet its growing demand for emission-free drivers on the continent.

UberMoto was founded in partnership by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LSWA) and Texas Connection Ferrie in 2019. It launched UberBoat Lagos in 2019, and recently expanded its UberX product into other cities, including Portharcourt.

Uber is currently available in more than 54 cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 10 000 in 65 countries.

UberMoto’s backstory

UberMoto launched in Thailand in 2014. However, the Thai government banned Uber from operating its motorcycle division there for two years. Later in 2018, UberMoto launched in Kampala, Uganda as UberBoda. Six months later, the mobility company expanded its two-wheeled services into Nairobi, Kenya.

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