Kokil Agrawal, a driver for the Uber Technologies Inc. ride-hailing service, uses the Google Inc. Maps application (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Uber India Partners Up With Maruti Suzuki To Train 30,000 Drivers

Uber India has partnered up with Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. for a driver training programme, just days after ride sharing rival Ola entered into a partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. for cheaper cars among other things.

The companies signed a memorandum of understanding under which Maruti Suzuki will train 30,000 Uber drivers over the next three years, according to a filing on the exchanges.

Through this partnership, we will be able to promote safe and responsible driving while facilitating meaningful livelihood for youth.
RS Kalsi, Executive Director - Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki 

The commercial driver training will include pre-assessment tests conducted by Uber after which theoretical training, practical training and post training assessment will be carried out by Maruti Suzuki for a period of 30 days.

Our plan is to rapidly scale India’s entrepreneurial base and generate 1 million livelihood opportunities on the Uber platform by 2018. Our partnership with he National Skill Development Corporation and Maruti Suzuki will be instrumental in realising our goal by 2018.
Amit Jain, President, Uber India 

This programme will initially be rolled out in Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai, followed by Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Pune.