Come January and the Delhi government’s odd-even license plate road rationing experiment will be enforced for 15 days in the capital. With buses and metros already running at 80-90% capacity utilisation and plans of capacity addition only materialising by March, there is a dire need for alternative means of transport for daily commuters. Though the move has been criticised as a knee jerk reaction, yet startups in transportation are gearing up to make the most of it. In order to leverage this opportunity and promote better utilisation of vacant seats, startups like Uber, Ola and others are promoting the ride sharing concept on their platforms.
Ridesharing or carpooling is a mechanism for people to be able to travel by better using existing assets, i.e. empty seats in existing private cars. It is quite common in private cars in the US market for cab hailing companies. However, the trend is yet to pick up in India.
Here’s a quick look at how startups like Uber, Ola, BlaBlaCar, Zoomcar, and Shuttl among others will help Delhiites beat both traffic and congestion woes and ensure a comfortable ride in the following days.
Cab hailing app Uber has launched its private car pooling service in Delhi, which will allow private car owners to offer rides to passengers in need. Uber will start with carpooling from December 16 (today) to fight congestion and pollution, in line with Delhi Govt’s bold steps to curb pollution in the city.
Currently, Uber has over 2.5 lakh registered driver partners on its platform in India, and is present in 22 cities, which is acclaimed to be the highest in any country outside the US. The company claims that it will keep intact the security of the passenger with its product safety features such as viewing driver’s details, GPS tracking, share my journey, the HELP button in case of any emergency and two-way feedback, before, during and after the ride.