This one number shows how powerful Uber still is around the world


Despite its many, many mistakes, Uber is still a global powerhouse.

The ride-hailing company just reached a big milestone: 5 billion Uber rides around the world. 

With Uber’s endless bad headlines, and Lyft gaining real momentum in the war against Uber, it’s easy to forget how much else Uber has going on. Lyft is only competing with Uber in the U.S.; billions of Uber’s trips have taken place outside America. 

Uber officially reached 5 billion rides with 156 simultaneous trips at exactly 7:29:06 a.m. GMT on May 20. The company announced the news on Thursday. 

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