Vehicles emblazoned with stickers reading "Uber Chap Chap" PHOTO | COURTESYVehicles emblazoned with stickers reading "Uber Chap Chap" PHOTO | COURTESY
By HILARY KIMUYU

Taxi hailing company Uber is testing a service in Nairobi that was inspired by residents’ use of the platform for errands.

Nairobi is the first city in Africa in which Uber has piloted the low-cost, quick-trip option using small, brand-new vehicles.

Speaking to Nairobi News, Uber regional head of communications Janet Kemboi said they are just testing the new and cheaper cars dubbed Úber chap chap.

“We will be officially launching them soon,” she said.

Kenya is Uber’s second-largest market in sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa.

It competes against its global rival Taxify, which has gained popularity in Nairobi in the past year but does not disclose numbers of active riders and users.

The Kenyan app Little said in September it has close to the 5,000 drivers that Uber boasts.

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