Uber claims 5 billion trips

Updated 2017-06-30 11:33:24 Xinhua

Uber Technologies Inc., a company offering ride-hailing services, said Thursday it has completed 5 billion trips.

"Just a few weeks ago, on Saturday, May 20, 156 trips started simultaneously at 7:29:06 a.m. GMT, putting us over the 5 billion mark," the technology company said in a web posting.

The trips happened in 24 countries on six continents, in cities like Mumbai of India, Moscow of Russia and Medellin of Columbia.

"One lucky driver was on his first trip: he picked up a passenger on a motorbike in Jakarta, Indonesia. And six riders were taking their first Uber trips, too."

The shortest trip of the bunch lasted just 2.5 blocks in San Francisco, Uber's hometown on the U.S. West Coast. Headquartered in San Francisco, Uber was founded in 2009 as a startup.

Estimated to be worth about 680 billion U.S. dollars, Uber now operates in six continents, 76 countries and more than 450 cities.

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