Uber expects to complete its one billion UK trip later this month, almost ten years since the first trip was taken in London in June 2012.
To celebrate this milestone, prizes will be awarded to both the rider and driver who takes the one billionth trip. The driver will receive a brand-new EV worth over £30,000 and the billionth rider will win free Uber trips for a decade worth up to £10,000.
Uber added the one billion trips that have taken place across the UK have changed the way that people move around towns and cities.
In the last month alone riders have taken at least 400,000 trips to hospitals and during the pandemic NHS staff took over 3.8 million discounted rides, helping them as they worked on the frontline against Covid-19.
In just the last three months, riders from more than 130 countries have used the app in the UK and since 2012 over 28,000,000 trips have been taken to or from UK airports. All of the top ten drop-off locations in the UK over the last month are airport terminals or train stations. The ride-sharing company added its service has played a crucial role in getting people moving after the pandemic.
Uber reported its busiest day in the UK so far came in the run up to Christmas in 2019, with over 1,085,000 completed rides in 24 hours on December 14th.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO, said: “This is an incredible milestone for everyone who has used the Uber app to ride or earn in the UK.
“Since launching nearly a decade ago, we have transformed the way that people get from A to B, and have provided genuine earnings opportunities for tens of thousands of drivers across the country. This is just the beginning and we now look forward to the next billion trips, and our electric future.”
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