Earlier this month, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the launch of Uber Bus, a minibus service in Cairo, Egypt.
Similar to Uber’s Pool service, when riders request a ride, Uber Bus will find other passengers traveling in the same direction.
Uber Bus, according to Uber Manager of Matching Science Eoin O’Mahony, could potentially “unlock a new global business for Uber, serving the $100B, 100 billion annual rides ultra-low-cost transit market for high capacity vehicles,” he wrote on LinkedIn. Uber started testing the bus service in September to “ensure the safety and seamlessness of the product prior to its launch.” Now, Uber is rolling out the service to Nasr City, Heliopolis, Greater Downtown and Mohandeseen.
Uber says it will launch Uber Lite, a version of the app designed to work in areas with low connectivity and older Android devices, across the Middle East early next year.