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Old 15th September 2016, 17:33   #1
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Maruti Suzuki has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uber, under which, the automaker will be training 30,000 Uber partner drivers in the next 3 years. This program will initially run as a pilot project in Hyderabad, Chennai, and Delhi-NCR. It will eventually be introduced in other cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Pune.

Under the said MoU, Uber will be responsible for providing leads of potential commercial driver-partners to Maruti Suzuki. The carmaker will then train them in safe driving practices. Maruti Suzuki has designed a training module, which includes pre-assessment tests, theoretical training, practical training and post-training assessments. The total duration of this training schedule will be 30 days. Uber will be responsible for the pre-assessment tests, while successive training stages will be undertaken by Maruti. The participating drivers will be given grades at the end of the training schedule.

Uber has set a target of adding 1 million new driver partners on its platform by the end of 2018. The company has also partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to offer training to its existing driver partners.

This isn't Uber's first partnership with an automaker. The company has already signed an MoU with Tata Motors for vehicle purchasing and financing solutions. Uber's biggest rival in the Indian market - Ola too has gone into a similar sales and finance partnership with the Mahindra Group.

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This is Great!

There are a lot of cabs in Bangalore and the drivers don't know some basic things. They might be great with judgement and skilful in squeezing the cars through the tightest of gaps but they lack the basics like using indicators for lane change, using low beam, using horn minimally, not cutting others ruthlessly and understanding that hazard lights does not give them the right to drive opposite on one way roads. These drivers have never been taught driving the way it is supposed to be. They were probably just given a car, told how to operate the CBA pedals, gear and steering and with some practice they ended up driving cabs on busy roads.

Whenever I travel in an Uber or Ola, I tell the driver to use low beam if he is using high beam unnecessarily and tell them to use indicators for turning if they are not.

It will be a different world if all cabs start following basic traffic etiquettes. Kudos to Uber and Maruti Suzuki for taking this initiative.
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This is indeed great news!

Personally, whenever I take a Uber, I prefer a Dezire or an Etios over other cars. Reason being that these cars are much more comfortable and are driven sedately, no jerks or being thrown around.
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Interesting. After Mahindra-Ola collaboration, here comes the Maruti-Uber collaboration! This may be only for training but am sure that somewhere down the line, cars will also come into the equation. Hence, we might see more of Ritz and Dzire Tours on the roads.
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The initiative is a good process to have drivers with a modicum of proper training and road sense.

A bit OT though :

Extrapolating the number of Olas , Ubers and other appcabs which will be arriving on the roads soon, it seems to me that after a few years we can very well stop buying personal cars....because there no road space left to drive them on.
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