Ridesharing company Uber has launched a new service that lets you transfer big items like furniture, mattresses, and even large pets. Appropriately dubbed Uber Cargo, the logistics service is currently only available in Hong Kong.
With Uber Cargo, you'll be greeted by a large van in which you can load your stuff -- you can do that yourself or can even request the driver’s assistance if you need an extra hand. You can ride along with your goods, or choose otherwise, in which case you can easily track your deliveries in real-time through Uber's mobile app.
As for the price, you'll be charged HK$4.50 (60 cents) per kilometer in addition to the HK$20 ($2.60) base fare. Plus, there's also a HK$1.60 (20 cents) per minute charge while the van isn't moving.
The launch of the service in Hong Kong comes just over a month after Uber announced that the 1.2 billion it raised in its latest funding round will be used for expanding its presence in Asia.
Uber has already entered into a partnership with China-based search engine Baidu, under which the latter has agreed to make an investment in the ridesharing startup, and enable the integration of Baidu Map and Mobile Baidu with Uber's service.
There is no word yet on when and if Uber Cargo will be made available outside Hong Kong.