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Uber Accelerates Past 2 Billion Rides

Uber accomplished one billion rides in six months

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    File image of the Uber app. The ride-hailing mogul based in San Francisco reached 2 billion rides.

    Pedal to the metal seems to be Uber's new philosophy.

    After taking nearly six years to accomplish 1 billion rides, the ride-hailing mogul based in San Francisco reached the 2 billion number just six months later, as reported by The Verge.

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    The milestone ride occurred on June 18. Well, technically, it was 147 rides that all started at the exact same time across 16 countries, according to CEO Travis Kalanick's Facebook page.

    Not only is Uber celebrating the achievement, but those 147 riders and drivers will be gifted with $450, a number symbolizing Uber's operation in 450 cities around the globe, Kalanick said.

    Monday's announcement breeds optimism for Kalanick.

    "It took five years to reach our billionth trip, six months to reach the next billion ... and we'll hopefully reach our third even more quickly," he said on Facebook.