Bangalore-based DriveU, a firm that aggregates on-demand drivers for private car owners, has acquired Gurgaon-based on-demand driver service provider CallAtHome, for an undisclosed amount.
Founded by Alok Inamdar, Satyendra Singh and Anubhav Sood with an objective ‘To be every car owner’s personal driver’, CallAtHome is a tech based on-demand driver service in Gurgaon offering customers a superior, affordable, and reliable experience. It has served over 7,000 trips since inception in July last year.
As for DriveU, it was founded in June 2015 by Ramprasad Shastry (“Rahm”), Ashok Shastry and Amulmeet Singh Chadh. The startup is owned and operated by Humble Mobile Solutions Pvt. Ltd. with an aim to enhance customer experience by implementing better practices in technology, driver verification, training methods, and on-road commute experience (be it for shopping, running errands, airport pickups & drops, business meetings, day to day commuting, and for attending social events, dining at a restaurant/bar, concerts, weddings, parties etc.).
Currently, DriveU is operational in Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi, and through this acquisition, DriveU introduces its service in Gurgaon. With over 500 partner-drivers across India, the startup has served over 30,000 trips to over 10,000 satisfied customers, of which over 60% are women.
“Gurgaon has an abundance of Fortune 500 companies and shopping malls. It has the third highest per capita income in the country. All this makes Gurgaon, the next logical destination for DriveU. We were impressed with the outstanding customer feedback CallAtHome has received for their driver service. With this acquisition, we will now add 150 partner-drivers to continue the high quality, on-demand DriveU driver service in the Gurgaon area” said Rahm Shastry, co-founder & CEO of DriveU.
Earlier in February, DriveU raised an $1 Mn in seed funding from Unitus Seed Fund, to expand its network to 100,000 drivers in 20-30 cities in a couple of years.
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