After announcing the end of the Uber Eats delivery system in Brazil, Uber reported the start of a
chartered bus and van service to transport Brazilian employees. This new transportation vehicle
provided by the company was named Uber shuttle and allows for the transportation of 10 to 50
people. According to Uber, employees can not only reserve a seat in the bus through the uber
application but can also get access to the routes and stops of the vehicle, in real time.
The system that organizes bus trips is similar to the one used in uber passenger cars, however, in this
case, outsourced companies provide the vehicles for transportation of employees. Uber stated that
the amount payed by the companies that acquire this service is dependent on the contract and can
vary according to the quantity of trips and workers to be transported. The first agreement signed
was with the automaker Toyota, to travel from São Paulo to Sorocaba, where one of the
automaker's factories is located.
In Brasil, public transport has always been a targeted issue due to its poor quality – buses are
frequently crowded, and the vehicles are found in poor conditions. The cost for collective transport
in the country are extremely high, and people often find themselves waiting for a long time in bus
and metro stations.
In large cities such as São Paulo, there is also the problem of traffic that gets in the way of the lives
of the large majority of population. Especially for workers, getting around can be extremely
frustrating depending on the time of day. Although collective means of transport are unsatisfactory
in the country, it is the best method to reduce this issue of locomotion. Hopefully, if Uber Shuttle
manages to successfully provide a good quality of service, more people will feel secure in opting to
take this mean of transportation.
Written by: Henrique Sampaio
Edited by: Anna Kissajikian