Uber History

The History of Uber - Uber Startup Story

The world's largest ride-sharing company, Uber Technologies, was founded in 2009 and quickly grew to become the world's most valuable startup. The initial idea for the Uber Cabs concept was by two persons, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp. 2008 was the year when both Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp were attending a conference in Paris. After the conference finished, the duo looked for a cab. Still, they could not find any, which made them realize that finding a taxi when needed is quite a hassle. Using technology, we can surely make this whole process through automation. This idea is a big hit. At that time, the Limo timeshare service was running, and many owners owned a limousine (a luxury sedan car) on a time-sharing basis.

The history of Uber went from the most feared startup in the world. After returning from the conference to San Francisco, he kept contemplating the idea and bought the domain name UberCab.com. Until mid-2009, Camp and his friends Oscar Salazar and Conrad Whelan built the very first prototype of UberCab. Camp then approached Kalanick to join UberCab. After a lot of research in 2010, they first tested UberCab's service in New York with just 3 cabs. Finally, in May 2010, UberCab was officially launched in San Francisco after a few months.

Uber - Name and Logo

The company name is unique Uber is derived from the German word meaning "above all the rest" a principle Kalanick and Camp wanted for their fledgling company.

Uber Logo

December 2008

The idea comes from a cold winter evening in Paris when Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp couldn't get a ride. That's the turning point of Uber's start.

uber timeline

Uber launches in San Francisco

March 2009

After that, the 2 entrepreneurs developed a smartphone app that let people tap a button and get a ride.

The first-ever Uber trip

July 5, 2010

July 05, 2010, was the day when the first Uber rider requested a trip across San Francisco.

Bonjour, Paris!

December 2011

The idea was born 3 years earlier when Uber launched internationally in the same city.

Bringing sweets to the streets

July 2012

For the first time in Uber history, the on-demand service started, and riders could request on-demand ice cream delivery in 7 cities across the US.

The perfect partnership

October 2013

After that, Uber entered a new segment, and Together with animal shelters across the US, they launched UberKITTENS. Again, local shelter proceeds benefited when the Riders requested 15 minutes of snuggle time with a furry friend.

Connecting riders in 100 cities

Spreading Goodwill

May 2014

With #UberSpringCleaning, riders requested on-demand donation pickups and gave more than 5,000 pounds of clothes to Goodwill.

UberPool launches in San Francisco

August 2014

In August 2014, UberPOOL was available to all Uber users in the San Francisco Bay Area with a new idea. UberPOOL service, riders can share trips with other riders along their route and reduce the cost of fares by up to 40%. It could also help streets become less congested and cities less polluted with every ride.

Saluting the US military

September 2014

UberMILITARY was created by Former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates partnered with Uber. This idea worked; eighteen months later, more than 50,000 military personnel and their family members were earning money driving with Uber.

Feeding the needs of hungry kids

December 2014

Uber partnered with No Kid Hungry campaigning in which drivers and riders come across the country to donate #5MillionMeals to needy children.

Moving toward safer cities with MADD

January 2015

With the help of the MADD campaign to reduce drunk-driving incidents around the US, we started a partnership with MADD that has remained in place for years.

Moving into food delivery

April 2015

Uber Eats made its debut in Chicago, LA, and New York City, letting people enjoy on-demand deliciousness.

A historic vote in Saudi Arabia

December 2015

For the first time in history, Saudi Arabian women were given the right to vote (and the option to request a free ride to the polls). But this was a new era of equality. Finally, after Some time, women were in the driver's seat, exploring opportunities they never had before.

1 billion trips and counting

December 30, 2015

Uber crossed 1 billion trips within five and a half years.

The first self-driving vehicle pilot

September 2016

Uber launched the self-driving pilot program in Pittsburgh. As a result, local riders could get a self-driving vehicle when they request their next trip.

Self-driving vehicles reach 2 million miles

December 2017

In less than 100 days, our self-driving vehicles went from 1 million to 2 million, driving an average of 80,000 miles per week.

To go forward, we must go together

June 2018

Every day, we stand with the LGBTQ+ community on the journey to equality. During this month, our rainbow flag traveled from city to city, connecting our community across continents.

10 billion trips and counting

June 10, 2018

In more than 21 countries across five continents, 173 trips and deliveries started simultaneously. And the journey to our next 10 billion trips and counting.

Making destinations more accessible

November 2018

Uber partnered with MV Transportation and brought its fleet of drivers and hundreds of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) into the Uber app.

Uber - Competitors

Uber has numerous competitors in its core business as a mobility service provider. Some of the Uber competitors include:

  • Ola Cabs
  • Lyft
  • Grab
  • Didi Chuxing
  • Curb
  • Public transport
  • Local taxis

These days, both Uber and Ola have been facing huge controversies and criticism lately due to the surge pricing, denying ACs, even during the relentless summers, and more. With all these complaints against the Ola-Uber duopoly, another challenge is looming over the giant cab aggregators of India, where Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata will be assembling to fight the challenges involved in the Indian transportation sector. In the future, we recently heard that Indian billionaires partner with BluSmart to build a convenient, all-electric transportation system.

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Author's Bio

Vinay Jain Grepix Infotech
Vinay Jain

Vinay Jain is the Founder at Grepix Infotech and brings over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience. His focus revolves around software & business development and customer satisfaction.

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