Move over cabs! We can commute via the waters – thanks to Uber’s all-new functionality – Uber Boats! Launched in association with Thames Clipper’s piers, the service will be available to Londoners this summer and will be accessible via the company’s app.
Expected to launch this August, the new Uber service will initially be limited to 20 boats. It will cover journeys up and down the River Thames, from Putney to Woolwich, with bookings grated via the app and QR Code. The company has clarified that it will be charging passengers the same price for booking a boat as it did for the cabs. It also noted that it will be following all possible hygiene and social distancing norms in line with the pandemic.
Commenting on the new functionality, Uber’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe – Jamie Heywood, in a statement said: “Many Londoners are looking for new ways to travel around the city, particularly when they start commuting back to work. Later this summer we will launch the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers in London as a means for people to arrange travel on the river and road, all through the Uber app.”
Delighted by the partnership, Thames Clipper’s co-founder and CEO Sean Collins further remarked, “The new partnership sees Thames Clippers and Uber, who both pride themselves on safety, reliability, and comfort, come together. It will allow us to link the two travel modes of river and road, providing Londoners and visitors with even more options to commute, visit, explore and enjoy our city by river.”
If you’re in the mood to hit the waters, don’t miss catching a Boat on the official Uber App soon!