BANGKOK:– Commuters in Bangkok can now use cash payments when using the taxi app Uber.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Uber announced that it will test its cash payment option as an alternative to the existing option of paying by credit card.
However, the cash option will not be available to all riders at first but will be expanded as the company tests against different user bases.
Users will need to select the cash option when booking their ride before then paying their driver at the end of the trip.
“Since our launch in Bangkok in 2014, Uber has quickly become the preferred choice for commuters looking for a safe and reliable urban mobility option. But many still have not had the chance to experience Uber because Uber meant electronic payments”, the company said.
“Uber will become more accessible to Bangkokians with the introduction of CASH as an alternative payment option”, the company added.
The introduction of the cash payment option follows similar trials in the Philippines and Indonesia, as well as in other countries including Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.
Enabling cash payments in Bangkok will undoubtedly expand the service to more potential customers in a country where less than 10 percent of the population use a credit card.
Officially launched in San Francisco in 2011, Uber is now available in more than 60 countries and in over 300 cities around the world. Thought to be worth $51 billion, Uber is the world’s most valuable start.
Uber has been available in Thailand since 2014.
Earlier this week, Uber revealed a new logo as part of a global rebranding.
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