Kabul puts faith in Buber on deadly streets
THE home of Afghan start-up Buber may boast more security precautions than the average California internet firm, but the Silicon Valley zeal of its staff is just the same.
Buber’s office, in the shadow of Kabul’s Darul Aman palace, features blast walls and armed guards. From here, the firm hopes to become Af- ghanistan’s equivalent giant Uber.
Kabul’s traffic-clogged streets are thronged with white-and-yellow taxis, but they are unmetered and passengers, who have little reassurance their driver is trustworthy, negotiate a price.
“If you go outside and book a taxi, it’s really difficult because of the price negotiation, and because you don’t trust the driver, or where he will take you,” of ride-hailing Zaheeruddin Naeabkhail, Buber’s manager, told The Sunday Telegraph.
A location-based, ride-hailing app similar to Uber offers not only easy cheap taxis, but also peace of mind in a city wracked with security issues.
Buber – which is set to go live in the next month or two, with 500 drivers – will let passengers share their location with friends and family, while drivers who sign up get access to better fares.