Uber Cab Business Opportunity

The app based taxi service aggregator Uber Cabs is very popular in many countries. They provide an easy way for cab owners and passengers to connect.
The service allows individual car owners to attach their cars or a few vehicles with dedicated drivers. The whole process is managed by the Uber team and the smart App.
Uber offers great incentives to both cab operator and passengers. They give bonuses on certain routes and peak periods including number of passengers serviced in a day.
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Purchase the vehicle
The primary equipment you need is a good vehicle. If you have the financial means purchase a new vehicle.
If not you could do nicely with a used vehicle. Make sure the vehicle is not more than 5 years old from manufacture and falls under the Uber category. You could fund the enterprise through a bank loan or personal savings.
Uber Vehicle Requirements
The vehicle should not be more than 5 years from manufacturers date. It should be roadworthy with vehicle insurance cover and commercial vehicle particulars.
The vehicle should pass a vehicle inspection test and MOT test. It should be kept in pristine condition and neat. The vehicle could be used or new however they must have the aforementioned qualities.
How to Attach Car to Uber Cab India
Uber Vehicles/Driver
  • Minimum 5 years old vehicle
  • Valid license
  • Driver should be18+
  • Roadworthy vehicle
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Commercial license
  • Pass vehicle inspection test
  • Pass MOT test
  • Vehicle in Pristine condition
Important Considerations
There are a few things to consider while running an Uber service. You car requires monthly maintenance and servicing.
Your insurance and vehicle papers should be always up-to-date. Make sure your commercial driving license is current and calculate the amount of fuel you use daily.
You are also responsible for the number of passengers transported daily.
Operational Considerations
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Current vehicle particulars
  • Current drivers license
  • Insurance cover
  • Amount of fuel and millage
  • Working duration
Choose the right Category
Uber services are divided into different categories based on the type of vehicle and service. Uber categories include UberBLACK, UberXL, UberX, and UberSUV.
One of the most popular and patronized category is the UberX. Vehicles under this category are mid range such as Honda Accord, Mazda, Chevrolet, Volvo and Toyota vehicles. If your vehicle falls under the luxury service then consider one of the other options.
Documents needed to Attach Vehicle to Uber Services
To attach your vehicle to Uber services you need the following documents. You need a commercial driving license and current vehicle particulars.
The particulars are vehicle license including insurance cover. Other requirements are bank account and company registration certificate.
Uber Vehicle Documentation
  • Commercial driving license
  • Vehicle license
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Road worthiness certification
  • Bank account
  • Business name
Earning Potential
A commercial Uber cab driver in India can earn 90,000INR per month on one vehicle. Peak periods attract the highest fees including bonuses.
The number of rides the transporter carries increases his earnings and attracts more incentives. The amount of money to make depends on working hours, number of passengers serviced and Uber category.


Uber Introduces Real-Time Identity Check
Uber introduced an engineering safety feature known as real-time identity check. The product was launched in September 2016.
The feature was introduced to verify the true identity of drivers during a pickup. The purpose is to know if it is the same person that underwent Uber’s screening process that picked up the fare.
Real time Identity Check ensures full compliance that the person is truly part of Uber taxi network. The features primary objective is to prevent fraud, protect customer and unverified drivers picking up fares.
Types of Technology Solutions
To build Real-Time ID Check solution Uber experimented with technological solutions. Three distinct solutions were tested and evaluated for results.
The technology focused on face recognition, voice recognition and gesture recognition software. Some software was put through extensive testing.
Types of Software Tested
  • Voice recognition
  • Gesture recognition
  • Face recognition
The Voice Recognition Software
The voice recognition software had problems with background noises and sound interference. Sounds such as traffic, music and noisy areas interfered with the technology. Speech impaired drivers posed another challenge for the technology.
Gesture Recognition Software
The gesture recognition software performed better than the voice experiment. Although it performed brilliantly in a controlled environment in could not meet varied scenarios in real world application.
Face Recognition Software
The face recognition software used a 3 step verification algorism. They are face detection, face matching and face extraction.
Face detection identifies the face, while extraction identifies face features such image, eye position and shape.
The face matching does a face comparison and matches the features. After extensive testing, Uber narrowed the software to Microsoft API software.
The choice was based on true/ false positive rate, operational characteristics and maximum FPR. Microsoft Face API had the most accurate results such as additional attributes and filter image on face detect. Face verification provided high verification matching and selfie retake feature.
Face Recognition Software Features
  • Face detection
  • Face matching
  • Face extraction
  • Selfie retake features
Challenges
The prototype encountered unique challenges due to its global scale and different locations. Some of the difficulties include device fragmentation, low light conditions and selfie while wearing glasses.
Other difficulties include dangers of selfie while driving and the real world impact. The prototype was tested through a random selection of driver-partners.
 Microsoft Face API is used to verify a face, face is detected and a match made. The real world impact is reflected in driver-partners and passenger safety. With a 99% success rate and few mismatches were due to unclear pictures.
  • Device fragmentation
  • Low light conditions
  • Selfie while wearing glasses
  • Dangers of selfie while driving
  • Real world impact.




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