(Nikkei: April 16, 2015 – p. 11)
The Japanese subsidiary of Uber Technologies (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo), a major U.S. transportation network company, announced on April 15 that it has introduced fixed rates for chauffeur-driven hired cars between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport. In the past, taxi rates were decided based on travel time and distance. The company reckons that there is strong demand for fixed rates, including expressway tolls, from tourists who are unfamiliar with the transportation system in Tokyo.
The five wards for which to Uber’s fixed taxi rates will apply are Minato, Chiyoda, Chuo, Shinjuku, and Shibuya. For example, passengers will need to pay 7,600 yen to travel to or from anywhere in Chiyoda Ward, and 6,800 yen for Chuo Ward.