The global ride-hailing firm, Uber Technologies launched a pilot test of their taxi boat service on Friday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.
Uber will operate a two-week pilot phase of the boat service in conjunction with the Lagos State Water Authority (LASWA) and local boat operators, Texas Connection Ferries, to attract customers who want to avoid the city’s enormous traffic congestion.
The service will be available only on weekdays at the cost of N500 ($1.30) for the next two weeks. The boats will move four times during the day between Ikorodu Ferry Terminal, northeast of Lagos and the Falomo Cowries Terminal.
Lola Kassim, Uber’s general manager for West Africa said in a statement: “We are aware of the human hours and productivity that are lost every day due to vehicular traffic in Lagos and are looking at ways to provide commuters with an easy and affordable way to get in and out of the city’s business districts.”
“Its large population combined with frequent traffic congestion has made it important to develop new modes of transport like UberBOAT, ” said Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a statement.