Technology never ceases to amaze and while in most instances improving the lives of those it is targeted. Gaborone is in the grip of yet another mouthwatering app which will see local passengers have the choice of which driver should take them from A to B.
inDriver, an international online transportation application headquartered in USA, today becomes available to residents of Gaborone. inDriver users can independently set the price for their trip, while drivers can choose the most profitable and convenient orders.
According to information available to biztechafrica, inDriver allows passengers to set their own fare for their chosen route. Nearby drivers who receive notice of ride requests have three choices – accept the fare offered, ignore the offer or bargain for a higher price.
Gaborone is the first city in Botswana where inDriver was launched. inDriver has already connected more than 300 drivers in Gaborone, and dozens of new drivers are being registered daily. At the initial stage after the start, inDriver will not charge drivers any commission.
In addition, the additional facts about this innovation are that “a unique feature of inDriver is that drivers are not automatically assigned to riders. Once the counteroffers are in, passengers select the most suitable driver in line with what categories are most important to them – fare, driver rating, estimated time of arrival or vehicle model.”
inDriver has the option to make the rides safer. Passengers can share their GPS location and ride details in real time from the app with trusted contacts.
“Travelling with inDriver can be done throughout Gaborone’s city borders and the nearest suburbs. Currently, one can pay for the ride only in cash, which allows to further reduce the cost of the trip, as when paying by card, the bank charges an additional commission.
In recent days inDriver has been working in Gaborone in test mode to collect first feedback. This week showed that prices became more attractive for passengers. Passengers using the app pay on average 20% less than with other services.”
How it all started; during the New Year holidays of 2012, the temperature dropped below -45C in the city of Yakutsk, Siberia, in Eastern Russia. As a result, local taxi drivers simultaneously doubled the cost of rides — leaving riders (literally) out in the cold. In response, the inhabitants of Yakutsk created an “Independent Drivers” group on Russia’s social network, where people posted ride requests, listed the price they were willing to pay, and drivers accepted their orders. In just six months, more than 60,000 people had joined the group. Not long after, the mobile app inDriver was created to replace the group, allowing passengers to independently set the most optimal terms for their rides. Today, the service is used by 35 million users in more than 300 cities in 28 countries.