Uber target Autocab increases headcount by 25%

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by Stephen Chapman

Autocab, which is currently in the process of being acquired by Uber, has employed 30 new staff.

The Cheadle-based taxi technology firm says it plans to continue an “aggressive” recruitment drive as it invests in R&D.

During lockdown, the firm developed Delivery Point, which is hopes will help the taxi and private hire industry to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

It allows local businesses, restaurants and shops to reach customers at home via local taxi operators.

“Many of our customers have been hugely effected by the pandemic, so we’ve looked at several ways we can support them. Our Delivery Point offering is one solution that has proved highly successful,” explained Safa Alkateb, CEO of Autocab.

“A delivery service is not something many local operators will have considered before but times have changed. We’re now seeing our customers building partnerships with dozens of local businesses and they have significantly increased the number of daily trips their drivers are making as a result.

“We are making a significant investment into our R&D function, Product, Sales & DevOps to bring new services online, but it is well worth it. Where there was a lot of doom and gloom surrounding the industry at the start of the pandemic, many firms are now seeing huge potential for growth.”

The company also plans international growth over the next two years.

Autocab will remain an independent company after the acquisition by Uber is completed.