Hyderabad, November 15: Global ride-hailing company Uber on Wednesday launched its on-demand food delivery mobile application UberEATS in Hyderabad. With this, Hyderabad becomes the seventh city in the country where Uber has started the app. UberEATS was first launched in Mumbai in May this year. Within six months, the service has been expanded to Delhi, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Chandigarh and now in Hyderabad.

UberEATS India head Bhavik Rathod informed at a press conference that Uber has partnered with over 300 restaurants across the city for taking delivery orders. “We are committed to make eating effortless for everyone, by giving them the convenience of ordering food at the push of a button. We hope it helps everyone discover great food through the perfect pairing of amazing restaurant partners, our technology and the Uber delivery network,” Rathod added.

On Wednesday, Tollywood’s leading actress Rakul Preet Singh, as the first customer, placed an order formally on the app. The app has gained great momentum in India which has been one of the fastest growing markets in Asia Pacific region (APAC) for the company, said Jason Droege, the head of UberEverything, a business unit within Uber that focuses on creating innovative business ventures.

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, Uber announced the launch of two new products uberACCESS and uberASSIST in Bengaluru, supported by Mphasis, a leading cloud and cognitive services provider.  uberACCESS offers 50 retrofitted vehicles, with heightened roof and hydraulic wheelchair lift on-demand. The projects aim to address day-to-day transportation requirements of senior citizens and those with accessibility needs.

Earlier this month, Uber announced a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys. “Uber’s participation in NASA’s UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) Project will help the company’s goal of starting demonstration flights of uberAIR in select US cities by 2020,” the ride-sharing company said in a statement. Uber wants to “explore other collaboration opportunities with NASA” with a view to open “a new market of urban air mobility,” it added.