Meet Kenya’s John Mwangi, among the drivers who made Uber’s 5 billionth trip

John Mwangi an Uber driver in Mombasa
John Mwangi, Uber driver in Mombasa

Uber started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the push of a button? In late 2015, they hit a big milestone: one billion trips. Six months later, they crossed two billion. And just a few weeks ago, on Saturday, May 20, 156 trips started simultaneously at 7:29:06am GMT, putting Uber over the five billion mark.

These trips happened in 24 countries on six continents, in cities like Mombasa, Mumbai, Moscow and Medellin. John Mwangi a driver using the app in Mombasa who is part of the 156 drivers contributed to this statistic and will be rewarded USD 500. Another lucky driver was on his first trip: he picked up a passenger on a motorbike in Jakarta, Indonesia. And six riders were taking their first Uber trips, too.

According to Uber’s blog page, “the shortest trip of the bunch lasted just 2.5 blocks in San Francisco (we won’t judge). The longest lasted 27 kilometers in Singapore (that’s pretty far in a country just 50 kilometers wide). And fifteen riders were using Uber outside of their home city.”

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All of these trips wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated service of drivers. To thank, all these dedicated driver, Uber has rewarded each of the 156 drivers who were part of this milestone $500 including John from Mombasa.

Moving forward, the cab hailing company is focused more than ever on building features for riders and drivers that will get us to the next five billion.