After revolutionising Mumbai’s taxi system, Uber is now aiming for the seas. The U.S. based ride-sharing platform has unveiled UberBoat for the city’s coastal routes, giving larger marine vessels and local speedboats a run for their money.
UberBoat has launched in Mumbai in partnership with the Maharashtra Maritime Board, for an on-demand speedboat service which will cater to tourists and locals eyeing a more premium route for the coastal service.
From the marvelous temples on Elephanta Island to the white-washed beaches of Mandwa, riders can use UberBoat for both destinations. The beta-phase platform will operate from Gateway of India in South Mumbai.
In the past, riders would shell out up to 9,000 for eight persons and almost Rs. 11,000 for 10-11 persons. Now, with UberBoat one would pay Rs. 5,700 for eight passengers, but if you’re travelling in a bigger group you’ll need the Uber Boat XL, which has space for 10 persons at Rs. 9,500.
Interestingly, Mumbai is not UberBoat’s debut. The ride-sharing platform already has a functional service in Croatia.