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Published: Tue, July 19, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Uber just completed its two-billionth trip

Uber just completed its two-billionth trip

Uber announced its 2 billionth ride Monday, signaling a major milestone for the ride-booking company as it rapidly expands across the globe. Details announced by CEO Travis Kalanick revealed that it happened precisely at 9:16 p.m. PT on June 17. The big upswing in users is being attributed to the heavy spending the company has made, investing into recruiting new drivers and passengers.

Six months is 180 days, meaning the company was providing an average of 5.5 million rides a day, or 230,000 an hour to hit a billion rides in six months. The two billion mark is quite impressive, considering that it took the company five years to reach its initial billion rides. Today, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced his company hit its two-billionth trip on June 18th - with the added caveat that the two billionth auto ride was actually 147 trips that began simultaneously in 16 countries.

The Uber CEO wrote on a blog post that these trips happened in 16 countries on five continents.

Obviously it takes time to grow, but it's still impressive that it took the company only six months to amass its second billion trip after taking six and a half years to do it the first time. The shortest, in China, lasted three minutes.

'Thanks to all the drivers out there for making every trip possible'.

Kalanick says that because Uber is in 450 cities worldwide, he chose to give each of the 147 drivers $450. Uber gave the rider on that trip a year of free Uber rides, and gave the driver a vacation "to the Uber city of his choice".

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