Uber courts businesses in Brazil

The car hailing company launches corporate offering as it fends off accusations of unfair competition

The recent legal woes faced by car hailing service Uber in Brazil have not hampered the startup's expansion plans as its new corporate offering aims to woo companies with lower travel costs.

According to the company, a ride booked via travel management platform Uber for Business can be up to 40 percent cheaper than a normal taxi, eliminating charges such as the 50 percent surcharge applicable for inter-municipal taxi rides in São Paulo.

The company's general manager in Brazil Guilherme Telles told newspaper Valor Econômico that the launch of Uber for Business, a service that was already available in the majority of the 58 countries where it is presemt, was accelerated in the last few months due to the public demand.

In addition, Uber points out that the fact the app monitors passenger's real-time spending as well as routes and schedules reduces the risk of employee fraud as well as removing the need to fill out expense claims.

The service is available in the four Brazilian capitals where Uber operates: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Belo Horizonte.

Earlier this month, the São Paulo state court has lifted an injunction from the local taxi drivers' unioncalling for Uber's service interruption. The union will appeal the decision.