It is never too late to be on time.
P2P launched in April, 2016 has recently come up with its newest operation known as “Cabby cabs”. The operation is based in Mumbai but they have started pilot operations in Pune too. They advertise ‘peer to peer ridesharing’ in all their campaigns on social media.
“The rising middle class in a rapidly urbanising India are increasingly opting to travel alone in their private cars since more often than not, time is compromised when using public means of transport like buses. People do realise the impact their decisions are having on the environment but they feel helpless when faced with few alternatives.” -Amit Bhasin, co-founder of Pikup.
The model is a simple one:
A customer who wishes to travel inexpensive can choose to ride with someone who is offering a ride in his personal vehicle.
“We wish to be dominant in the personal vehicle domain” adds Sharad Sharma, Co-founder. It is true that ridesharing was a concept long ignored by many, and all efforts have been in vain in the carpooling domain.
“Carpooling can’t really work in this country due to many reasons. The common issue that people face is the hassle of waiting for another customer. This is the very reason we have limited to one booking at a time so that both the giver and seeker are happy. The best thing is that there is no scheduling, we are completely real time and location based.”
It is a great idea as a ride can be availed by anyone.
However, they need to comply with the Motor vehicle act, “It is quite ambiguous in nature and we can assure there is no profit making, it is just that the ride giver saves fuel cost,” the founders said.
Currently they have two apps; Cabby (for ride seekers) and Cabby Connekt (for ride givers). Things seem quite promising for a new company but they require funding to succeed in their endeavours.