From CaptialFM. Story by Ken Macharia.
Uber has announced it will make cash payments a permanent feature for Nairobi residents after a successful two-month pilot brought a five-fold growth in sign-ups and referrals.
Nairobi is only the second city to accept cash payments after the city of Hyderabad, India, out of more than 300 cities where Uber has a presence.
Uber sub-Saharan General Manager Alon Lits said the company has adapted its technology to meet the needs of local consumers.
“We received very positive feedback from our riders during the pilot,” Lits said. “We have tripled our growth since then and the drivers using the Uber platform are taking more trips so taking more money home too. We have listened.”
Uber sub-Saharan Africa said Nairobi is now one of the fastest-growing cities internationally for Uber following the launch of the cash test pilot. The number of Uber drivers has doubled over the last two months to cope with the growth in demand.
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