Ride-hailing app Uber has just completed over 5 billion trips. The trips took place in 24 countries including India, Russia, USA and Medellin in Colombia.
The news comes after a string of setbacks for the privately held firm including allegations of sexual harassment and bullying. The company Chief Executive Officer, Travis Kalanick has also resigned in the last week under investors pressure.
It’s hard to tell whether that’s impacting Uber business. The company has been touting growth among ridership in 2017, though recent third-party stats including app downloads suggest rivals like Lyft are starting to gain on Uber’s market lead in the United States.
The announcement delayed, as the company reached 5 billion marks in May. In a blog post, Uber said, “On May 20, 156 trips started simultaneously at 7.29.06 a.m., putting us over the 5 billion mark.”
One lucky driver was on his first trip: he picked up a passenger on a motorbike in Jakarta, Indonesia. And six riders were taking their first Uber trips, too. The company is rewarding with a $500 bonus to all 156 of the drivers that provided the rides while it crossed the 5 billion mark.
Uber was founded in 2010 by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick. The company now operates in six continents, 76 countries, and more than 450 cities. In late 2015, Uber had achieved its first milestones by completing one billion trips. Six months later, the company further announced that it had completed two billion rides.