Uber has undeniably revolutionized the taxi service industry worldwide. Many businesses in that sector has tried to emulate the company’s model and thus coining the term “Uberisation”. Words on the streets say that they will be bringing in their services to Dhaka.
The interesting thing Uber about is that they don’t own any taxis, anyone with a private car can join. They offer an app based service to potential passengers, who can notify a driver about their location and their travel destination.
However, there might be certain limitations to the company’s ability to provide all their services to their customer, given Dhaka’s traffic problem. The fact that Uber is coming to Dhaka, has received polarizing opinions amongst concerned citizens.
At the moment Dhaka is the third most densely populated city on Earth, with a staggering 28,410 living per kilometer square and an unplanned infrastructure. On top of that- there are over 500,000 unlicensed vehicles (mostly rickshaws, CNGs and motorcycles) on the city roads.
Ubers impact on Dhaka’s traffic problem is still hard to estimate, you may call it a wildcard to a certain degree. The international giant will have a lot on their plate if they want to come to Dhaka.