Duolingo Uber EDBRIEF 09 2015 EDUKWEST

EDBRIEF: Duolingo and Uber partner to Certify Drivers

Language learning startup Duolingo and Uber announced a partnership, certifying drivers in Columbia in English. UberENGLISH will give users of the service the option to choose a certified English speaking driver.

According to the companies, over 1000 Uber drivers have already applied to take the test which will also enable them to charge more money for their rides. Uber plans to launch UberENGLISH in other major cities across Latin America later this year and has agreed to cover the cost for the certification.

Duolingo also launched a free “quick test” version of its paid test center. The main difference to the $20 certificate that aims to replace more expensive exams like the TOEFL is that the free version is not remotely verified by a human.

Last year ESL startup Voxy offered free English lessons to cab drivers in Brazil in order to prepare them for the World Cup.

Duolingo recently raised a $45 million Series D led by Google Capital with participation from existing investors.

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