Uber Hits Milestone With 1 Billion Rides In Africa

Uber today announced a significant milestone — it has completed 1 billion rides across all its markets in Africa. This milestone for Uber is coming nearly a decade after the mobility tech company set up shop on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

It has expanded to 30 cities including 21 in South Africa — its most dominant market, four cities each in Kenya and Nigeria, and two in Ghana.

“Since entering the market in 2013, we have created over 6 million economic opportunities in over 50 cities across SSA that we are present in,” said Lorraine Onduru, the company’s spokesperson and head of comms for East and West Africa, in a statement to TechCrunch.

Here are other metrics the company reported in its growth report:

The most popular time users request Uber rides is 2 p.m.

The most popular day users request Uber rides is on Friday.

The most popular drop-off destination is the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The most popular ride option is UberX (from a list that includes Uber Go, Uber Moto, Uber Boda, and Uber Poa).

The average trip time recorded on Uber is 24 minutes, and the longest recorded trip was over 492 km.

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Abbianca Makoni

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