TechInAfrica – The ride-hailing service is launched in Nairobi, Kenya after being launched in South Africa and Tanzania. inDriver was launched in 2019 in Yakutsk, a small town in Russia. Seven years after inception, the service is already being used in over 200 cities in America, Latin America, and Russia with over 24 million users.
Recently, the company has received a $10 million in series-B funding led by Leta Capital VC. In additions to the funding, it has moved to New York City and begun their global expansion.
inDriver allows passengers to set their own fare for their chosen route. The nearby drivers will receive notifications of ride requests with three choices:
- Accept the requested fare
- Ignore the offer, and
- Bargain for a higher price aligned with the pre-approved rates by the area’s inDriver base of operation.
Though there is no base fare, passengers are required to offer a fair free and drivers will bid on your offers. Moreover, passengers can also choose offers based on several categories such as driver ratings, estimated time of arrival, as well as vehicle make and model. Once both parties reach an agreement, the trip is confirmed.
According to the company, the service is suited for long commutes as it is more affordable and passengers can decide how much they want to pay for the drivers. Drivers will also get the benefits with 0% commission charged for the first six months. After six months, they start paying commission fees with rates ranging from 5 percent to 8 percent. Moreover, they have the freedom to decline the request without getting a penalty.
For passengers who want to use the service, they need to register through the app and set up their profile before making a ride request from their pick up location to the chosen destination. The app is available for both Android and iOS.
According to the company, inDriver is a safe service as passengers can share their GPS locations and ride details in real-time from the app with their trusted contacts.