Uber Bajaj introduce passenger quadricycle in Bengaluru

first_imgBengaluru: Ride-hailing giant Uber on Thursday announced partnering with Bajaj Auto to introduce its Bajaj Qute passenger quadricycle in its fleet of UberXS services. The Bajaj Qute is essentially a driver-plus-three-passenger-quadricycle – a four-wheeled vehicle that’s smaller and lighter than a passenger car. “We are delighted to partner with one of India’s most trusted names, Bajaj Auto, to launch Bajaj Qute on UberXS in Bengaluru. At Uber, we constantly work towards transforming the mobility landscape of cities, with technology at the heart of our solutions,” Nandini Maheshwari, Head, Business Development, Uber India and South Asia, said in a statement. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “This partnership is an extension of Uber’s commitment towards lowering transportation costs, enhancing asset utilisation and improving rider convenience.” According to the company, Qute’s low running cost makes it suitable for daily commuting and it is easy to drive because of dash mounted sequential shift gears. All units available as UberXS rides would be powered by the eco-friendly CNG fuel option, which provides a mileage of 43km/kg. UberXS is a brand-new category in the India region and would initially offer Bajaj Qute exclusively in Bengaluru. Uber’s riders would be able to see UberXS on the app starting Thursday and it would be available in Indiranagar, Kormanagala, HSR Layout and parts of the outer ring road in Bengaluru.last_img read more

Progress for Minnesota gets big boost from Paul Bunyans Axe

MINNEAPOLIS — Progress this season for Minnesota in the standings was marginal, with one more win by the Gophers than in coach P.J. Fleck’s first year to gain bowl-game eligibility.That extra victory sure felt like a major stride, though. Bunyanesque, even.Instead of handing in practice gear to the equipment staff and giving goodbye hugs to the outgoing seniors this week, the Gophers get to extend their season. The way they did it, with a stunningly lopsided 37-15 win at Wisconsin on Saturday to stop a 14-game losing streak in the longest-running series in major college football, was the kind of one-day performance that has the potential to spark a decade-long improvement.“This is what we can do. We can have a big-time college football program here. We can have this type of energy,” Fleck said at an impromptu pep rally inside the practice facility right after the team returned to campus with Paul Bunyan’s Axe. “It takes a while to be able to build, but as you saw today this was a really special moment.”From that late-night meet and greet with fans to the field trip to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday by a handful of players to show off the axe to the crowd at the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game, the Gophers have justifiably been having their share of fun after finally ending the run of frustration against the rival Badgers.With a sharp decline in attendance this year at TCF Bank Stadium and a freshman-laden lineup that bottomed out with a 55-31 loss at Illinois on Nov. 3, the mood surrounding the program three weeks ago was decidedly less upbeat. Defensive co-ordinator Robb Smith was fired, and the Gophers won two of their last three games while allowing a total of 49 points.“This shows our culture works, to be able to keep your oar in the water, to be able to row the boat,” Fleck said, citing two of his most-used catch phrases from a seemingly endless supply. He added: “We came here to change peoples’ beliefs, perceptions, ideas, what they think about Gopher football.”The Gophers are still just 11-13 under Fleck, with a 5-13 record in Big Ten play and a 2-8 mark on the road. With 51.7 per cent of the roster either redshirt or true freshmen, however, the Gophers have the highest number of rookies in the FBS. All four of their touchdowns against the Badgers were scored by freshmen: two by running back Bryce Williams and one each by running back Mohamed Ibrahim and wide receiver/punt returner Demetrius Douglas.If the offence with seven freshmen starters put up 37 points at Wisconsin, imagine what a more seasoned team might be able to do in 2019.“This is what the process is all about. This is just the start. This is not the end. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Fleck, whose teams at Western Michigan finished 1-11, 8-5, 8-5 and 13-1.The three most likely post-season destinations are the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas on Dec. 26 and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York on Dec. 27.“I’m so excited that we get one more shot at this,” defensive end Carter Coughlin said.___More AP college football coverage: and Campbell, The Associated Press read more