Ride-hailing platforms like Uber have altered the transportation and mobility industry around the world and allowed other companies like Lyft in the United States or Ola Cabs in India to compete.
On a typical morning, Justin Proffitt starts his car and heads to the Columbia Regional Airport in central Missouri to pick up a customer. His light blue Ford Fusion sports a vanity license plate: UBRDAD.
Over 8,000 miles away, Subhash Mondol heads home in his Maruti Suzuki Dzire after a long day of shuttling customers through the noisy, busy streets of metropolitan Kolkata, India.
What connects them is their employer: the ride-hailing giant Uber.
In a little over a decade, the company has transformed the mobility landscape globally and opened the door for rival transportation companies such as Lyft in the U.S. and Ola Cabs in India. And it’s poised to grow even more.
Uber gives drivers around the world the chance to become independent contractors and make money with their own cars. Globally, data collector Business of Apps says Uber drivers provide 15 million rides a day.
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