>> Catching an Uber is now a common option in many of the world's cities, but how about calling an Uber boat? The world's largest ride services company has just launched a speed boat service in Croatia. Uber has already revolutionized the taxi industry and challenged transportation regulations worldwide. But it’s been a bruising six months, capped with chief executive, Travis Kalanick, forced to stand down last month under pressure from investors after a string of setbacks.
The shocked resignation has left the company leaderless, and it will be hopeful its latest offering will help guide the way out from choppy waters. It was initially tested in several locations, including Istanbul and Miami, but it was the European country perched along the Adriatic Coast which came up trumps.
>> We are very proud to have it in Croatia, the country with more than 1200 islands. And we have two options with Uber boats, up to 8 passengers and up to 12 passengers, where people can use for island hopping.>> So how much will it cost? The price of hiring an Uber speedboat for up to 8 people to travel from Split to Hvar for example, a distance of about 52 kilometers, will set you back 2,600 kuna, or $400 US.
Users will be able to build their own itinerary or opt for an organized schedule to popular destinations. However, there'll be no option to stay on board overnight, nor to hire the boats without captain and sailors. Uber is competing with other services along the coast, and will rely on enough of the estimated 16 million tourists who visit Croatia each year to use the app and come aboard.