Uber did not share the number of auto-rickshaws that were registered with its platform, but competitor Ola said it operates 16,000 auto-rickshaws in Delhi alone.

“Ola has more than 70,000 autos attached to its platform across Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad,” a spokesperson for Ola told Quartz. The company will soon extend the service to three new cities in India by the end of the year, the spokesperson added.

Changing dynamics?

The reasons for discontinuing the auto-rickshaw service aren’t entirely clear, but could have been to do with the business’ far lower margins and transaction size compared to taxis. In India, many choose to hail auto-rickshaws off the road, instead of using apps to book them.

Uber’s move to discontinue autos also comes at a time when the company raised fresh investment from Tiger Global—the investment firm that has been so far backing the company’s competitors in Asia, including Ola in India.

On Dec. 3, Bloomberg reported that Uber has closed investments from Tiger Global Management and T. Rowe Price, and is on the look out for more investors with shared business interests. The company plans to raise as much as $2.1 billion in the latest round of funding, valuing it at $62.5 billion.

At the same time, Ola announced a partnership with three of Uber’s biggest rivals—China’s Didi Kuaidi, US-based Lyft and South Asia-based GrabTaxi—to allow users to book cabs from each others apps in all the regions where they operate. Didi Kuaidi was also part of a group of investors who pumped in $500 million into Ola in November this year.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Tiger Global is a hedge fund. The firm has clarified that it invests in startups like Uber and Ola through its private equity group.

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