Uber has begun offering rides in India, making the ride-hailing giant the latest startup to offer services in the country, a move that has stoked concerns that the company has become a taxi service rather than a transportation service.
The Uber ride-sharing company is a spin-off of the ride sharing platform Uber Technologies Inc. that launched in the U.S. in 2013.
It was acquired by Grab, the largest smartphone vendor in India and its biggest competitor in the region, in the second half of last year.
India has seen a surge in Uber’s presence, as more and more people use it to get around.
In 2016, it launched its UberX service, which allows people to hail a vehicle at a specified location in the city without the need to ask a driver to be nearby.
Uber also offers rides in other cities.