CALGARY, Oct. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Uber Canada is excited to launch the
highly popular ridesharing product, uberX, in our Co-founder Garrett
Camp's hometown of Calgary today with rides available starting at 2:00
PM. As part of this entry to market, first rides on uberX will be
offered free-of-charge for new riders in Calgary.
"It's great to see Uber come to my hometown of Calgary," said Garrett
Camp, Co-Founder & Chairman of Uber. "Calgary needs more transit
options and Uber provides a new alternative that benefits everyone."
Calgary joins the ever-growing list of over 340 cities where Uber is
available. More information on Uber in Calgary can be found here:
"Today's launch comes after a year of planning during which tens of
thousands of Calgarians have downloaded the Uber app and close to 500
local residents have signed up to earn on our platform as
driver-partners," stated Ramit Kar, General Manager of Uber Alberta.
"By launching our service now, we can help boost the local economy at a
time when it's suffering. Moreover, regulators will now also be able to
see how this new transportation option works and help inform their
process as they seek to develop smart solutions for regulatory
Today's launch will be made official with Calgary entrepreneur and
philanthropist Brett Wilson taking the first ride:
By connecting local riders and drivers through the use of a smartphone
application, Uber offers a new way for people to access their cities
around the world. At prices up to 30 percent less than a taxi fare,
uberX is Uber's low-cost ridesharing option, offering reliable
on-demand transportation choices at the touch of a button. uberX
partners are provincially licensed drivers who use their own personal
vehicles to give their neighbours a ride.
All Canadian rideshare drivers who partner with Uber must pass
background checks that include both a National Criminal Record Check of
Federal RCMP databases and searches of local police databases. Uber
also screens drivers' motor vehicle records for any infractions by type
and date. In the event of an accident during an uberX trip, ridesharing
partners are covered by commercial auto insurance in addition to any
insurance coverage maintained by the driver-partner.
About Uber Canada
Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber has
changed the way people connect to get around town. Present in over 30
communities in Canada, Uber offers more than 20,000 Canadian
driver-partners a new way to earn a living in their spare time by
offering a more affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of
thousands of riders across the country. For more, visit: uber.com.
SOURCE Uber Canada
Image with caption: "Co-Founders Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick first thought of creating Uber in Paris, France in 2008 (CNW Group/Uber Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151015_C9994_PHOTO_EN_44313.jpg
For further information:
Xavier Van Chau
Uber Communications Lead, Canada