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Uber Technologies, Inc.
Ubercab (2009–2011)
Traded as NYSEUBER
Russell 1000 Index component
Industry Transportation
Founded March 2009; 11 years ago (2009-03)
Founders Garrett Camp
Travis Kalanick
Headquarters San Francisco, California, U.S.
Area served
69 countries, 10,000+ cities
Products Mobile app, website
Services Vehicle for hire
Delivery (commerce)
Revenue Increase US$14.147 billion (2019)
Operating income
Decrease −US$8.596 billion (2019)
Decrease −US$8.506 billion (2019)
Number of employees
26,900 (2019)
Subsidiaries Uber Eats
Zomato (9.99%)

Uber is an American-based ride-sharing company. It created the Uber mobile app and a ridesharing network. “Shared rides” are provided by Uber drivers to passengers. The passengers pay money for each ride they receive. The mobile app allows passengers to request trips and pay for the rides online.

Passengers who want Uber rides with “sign-up” with the Uber passenger mobile app. They provide their name, smartphone number, and a credit card number to Uber. Then they can request shared-rides through the Uber app.

Uber drivers use Uber driver mobile app to find rideshare passengers. They are first enrolled with Uber as drivers. Then they “log-on” to the Uber mobile app. This tells Uber they are in a certain area and can take rideshares as passengers. The Uber app ”looks for” passengers who want a ride to a particular location. The Uber driver finds the passenger via the map. Then they “pick up” the passenger and drive to the destination. When they reach the destination, they “drop-off” the passenger. The Uber mobile app records the journey, bills the passenger, and pays the driver.

Uber uses third party Internet mapping services such as Google Maps to find the location of the passenger and to navigate the driver.

Uber was founded as "UberCab" in San Francisco by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009. Three years later, Uber started to open international offices. In 2014, it experimented with carpooling features and made other updates.

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