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The one billionth Uber ride is taken in Hackney on Christmas Eve

PUBLISHED: 13:02 31 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:02 31 December 2015

The one billionth Uber ride took place in Hackney. Credit Press Association

The one billionth Uber ride took place in Hackney. Credit Press Association

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Uber has just passed another milestone in its short journey - the one billionth ride was taken on Christmas Eve and it happened in Hackney.

The milestone was reached on a £5 uberX journey from London Fields in Hackney to Hoxton on Thursday December 24.

That one billionth ride comes just five and a half years after the first ever ride took place in San Francisco on June 1, 2010.

After riding his way into the history books, Uber has given the customer, a man called Marvin, free Uber trips for a year.

His Uber driver has also not been forgotten by the company.

The driver, a man called Ara, will be packing his bags to go on holiday to a city of his choice.

To celebrate where the momentous ride took place, Uber has kindly donated to Hackney Pirates — a charity which develops the literacy, confidence, and perseverance of young people aged 9-12.

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