With the cab service industry already at its competitive best, German-startup Tripida is now entering India. According to a TimesofIndia report, the Rocket Internet-backed company connects passengers with drivers who are travelling long distance acting like a carpooling service unlike the other technology-backed cab startups which are hired for shorter rides. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelines
Tripda was founded in Brazil this year and now operates in ten countries including the US and some Asian markets. It’s looking at starting operations in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore initially and will later expand to more cities. Users can ask for a ride via Tripda’s website or mobile apps (Android and iOS) and then carpool irrespective of their location. Also Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
“Since inception we have over 50,000 registered users across the globe and facilitated rides for many thousands of passengers”, Nitish Bhushan, country manager, Tripda said. Also Read - Uber to operate 'Essential' cab service to hospitals and pharmacy stores in 4 cities
“On the pricing front, we suggest prices to people who offer rides, with an upper cap – the idea is to share costs, not make profits. Our prices are significantly cheaper than cabs (even autos) and in line with other public transportation fares”, he added.
This service will compete with other services like Uber who work in the similar ride-sharing marketplace. Indian ventures like Meru, Ola Cabs and Tab Cab are very well settled in this space too, giving tough competition to Uber. However, none of them provide carpooling service, and even Uber’s carpooling service for short distances, UberPool is not available in India yet.
There is, however, SmartMumbai, which offers car pooling service in Mumbai and Carpooling.in for across the country carpooling service, but they haven’t picked up much heat yet.