Negotiated fares taxi hailing app inDriver, targets more African cities

Negotiated fares taxi hailing app inDriver, targets more African cities

Online ride hailing service, inDriver, which allows passengers to negotiate the fare with drivers, has begun recruiting drivers in Harare for the service, which it intends to launch in the capital towards the end of this month.

inDriver, which is headquartered in New York, has 26 million users in more than 200 cities throughout the world. The service is already operating in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The inDriver app is used by passengers and drivers to be linked up and negotiate fares. The app can also be used by drivers to apply to be registered on the app.

The agreement between passenger and driver is entirely voluntary. A driver is not obliged to accept any proposal. He or she agrees to drive the passenger on a journey that will be profitable and fit in with his or her personal schedule.

Unlike other ride-hailing services, inDriver drivers can see the starting and ending points of a journey that are put by the passenger in the app. A safety button for both driver and rider, linked to emergency numbers has been incorporated into the app. In addition, both parties can share their GPS location and other details of rides in real time with trusted contacts.

For the first six months, drivers are not charged any commission. In other words they retain the whole fare without any payment to inDriver. Thereafter inDriver charges them a modest commission of no more than 10 percent, which is much lower than other ride-hailing services.

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