Uber had to wait almost six years to complete a billion rides, but only a few months to reach two billion. It actually took the popular ride sharing app just six months to get another billion. The news about the twobillion were announced by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick today. The company reached the two billion rides on June 18 but it wasn’t just one, it was actually 147 trips that happened at the same time in 16 countries.
The Uber CEO wrote on a blog post that these trips happened in 16 countries on five continents. He added that the longest of the bunch lasted more than an hour and was in Jakarta, Indonesia. The shortest ride, which was completed in three minutes, was in Changsha, China.
The company is giving $450 to the drivers of the 147 rides. The customers that were part of this will also receive $450 of free rides. Kalanick said it took five years to complete one billion and six months to reach the next billion.
China had the most rides out of the 147 completed, with 37 percent. The United States had the second most, with 31 percent. China represents the world’s biggest market for ride sharing apps and Uber has faced strong competition there. Didi Chuxing, China’s leading ride sharing app, completed 1.4 billion rides last year. Didi only operates in China while Uber is available in many cities around the world.
Completing two billion rides is good news for Uber, especially after taking just six months to complete another billion. But the competition is still strong in China, where Didi claims that it has more than 87 percent of the market share. Last month, Uber’s China SVP for strategy, predicted that the company would surpass its rival next year. Didi responded by saying “cute”.
Uber was founded in 2009 and the popular ride sharing app has now completed two billion rides. How long will it take them to reach three billion? Let us know in the comments.