Uber Technologies, Inc. history, profile and corporate video
Uber Technologies, Inc. is a technology company engaged in developing platforms that connect service providers with potential customers. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States.
The idea for Uber was born in Paris on a cold winter evening of December 2008, when Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp couldn’t get a ride.
In 2009, Uber was founded as Ubercab by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, who developed a smartphone app that let people find and get a ride.
In 2011, Uber’s services and mobile app launched internationally. Originally, the application only allowed users to hail a black luxury car. That year, the company also changed its name from UberCab to Uber.
In 2012, the company introduced UberX, a cheaper option that allowed drivers to use non-luxury vehicles.
In 2014, Uber launched a shared transport service.
In 2015, Uber Eats was launched in Chicago, LA, and New York City, letting people enjoy on-demand deliciousness.
In 2016, the company launched the first self-driving vehicle pilot in Pittsburgh. The local riders could get a self-driving vehicle when they requested their next trip.
In 2017, Uber Freight launched to connect shippers with carriers in the freight industry.
In 2018, a new partnership with MV Transportation brought its fleet of drivers and hundreds of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) into the Uber app.
In January 2020, Uber acquired Careem, a vehicle for hire company.
In July 2020, Uber in partnership with its majority-owned Cornershop launched Uber grocery delivery service.
In December 2020, Uber acquired Postmates, an American quick-commerce and food delivery service.
In October 2021, Uber acquired Drizly, an alcohol delivery service.
Uber operates through the followings business segments: Rides, Uber Transit, Uber Health, Drive & Deliver, Food delivery, Uber for Business, and Freight.
The Rides segment offers access to different rides options on demand.
- UberX – affordable rides
- Uber Pool – shared rides
- Auto – auto rickshaws
- Bikes – electric bikes
- Scooters – electric scooters
- Uber Comfort – newer cars
- Uber Black – premium rides in luxury cars
- Uber WAV – wheelchair-accessible vehicles
- UberXL – rides for groups up to 6
- Uber Green – rides in electric vehicles
- Uber Taxi
- Uber Rent
- Uber Reserve
The Uber Transit segment offers access to public transportation.
Through Uber Health, healthcare professionals can schedule rides for patients and caregivers going to and from the care they need.
Drive & Deliver
The Drive & Deliver segment offers flexible earnings opportunities for riders who are paid to drive or deliver food orders and other items.
Uber Eats connects consumers with restaurants, grocers and other merchants for the purchase of meals, groceries and other items.
Uber for Business
Uber for Business is a platform for managing global rides, meals, and local deliveries for companies of any size.
Uber Freight connects trucking companies and their drivers directly with shippers, which allowed carriers to make hassle-free bookings.
With more than 25,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries and cities around the world, Uber has one of the largest networks of active riders on a platform. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the Top 2000 Largest Public Companies in the World.
*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and www.uber.com/us/en.
**Video published on YouTube by “Alux.com“.