NEW DELHI: Uber Technologies expects to turn a profit in India soon as the ride-hailing firm takes on home-grown rival Ola, the United States-based company’s CEO Travis Kalanick said.
India, one of the world’s fastest growing taxi markets, has become Uber’s most important battleground in Asia after it folded its China business into local rival Didi Chuxing.
“We see the path to profitability in India and we feel pretty good about that,” Kalanick said in a public interview on Thursday hosted by Amitabh Kant, the head of India’s planning commission, in the capital New Delhi. Uber launched in India three years ago and now provides services in 29 Indian cities, while SoftBank-backed rival Ola is present in 102 cities. Uber last year said it had invested $1 billion in India, but has declined to give an updated figure.
The recent sale of its China business to Didi will free up Uber’s resources, allowing it to invest more in India where Ola has tied up with automakers and is pushing a new entertainment platform in its cars to woo customers. — Reuters