Intra-city ridesharing services are now quite common in all cities and towns in India, but what still isn’t as active is a streamlined service for inter-city transport. Ola launched Ola Outstation this year, but it did not have a ride-sharing option and is usually meant for family trips or vacations.
Uber did launch inter-city services between Mumbai and Pune in 2015, but there was no option of pooling with other commuters. This is the part Goibibo is planning to take advantage of – the company is launching an inter-city ride-sharing option soon.
Goibibo is launching an Intercity car sharing service called GoCars soon. The webpage for the service is already live but it mentions ‘launching soon’ which means that the company has some good news in the pipeline.
The website has mentioned in a statement,
Brace yourself as we get ready to transform the way you travel. In a matter of days, we will present to you – goCars, an all-encompassing ride-sharing platform which would enable you to share your city-to-city journeys with like-minded, trusted co-travellers at affordable prices. goCars, with its unique approach, aims to revolutionize the way you take your road-trips between cities. Keep watching the space for more info on the launch! goCars differentiates itself from others in terms of its overall user experience.
Additionally, riders can also use goCash facility for cash free transactions. Goibibo claims that its goCars service will revolutionise the way a rider takes road-trips between cities.
In similar space, in May, ixigo launched intercity cab booking on its web, mobile web and app platforms with 250 intercity cab operators. This service would initially be available in Delhi (NCR), Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Jammu, Shimla, Manali, Meerut and Alwar. Meru Cabs also offers intercity booking.
Earlier this month, intercity ridesharing service BlaBlaCar claimed that it had offered 3 million seats for travel on its platform since its India launch in January 2015. In September 2015, it had mentioned that the company had made 350,000 seat bookings in India and was present in 700 cities. The France-based company claims to have over 30 million registered members globally, with presence in 22 countries.