After a night in Siberia that broke cold temperature records in 2012, a new more reliable ride-hailing service was created that moved across all of Russia and now that company has made their way to the United States in New York City.
inDriver, a new Uber and Lyft ride-hailing app alternative arrives Tuesday, the same day as the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission meets for a final vote on driver earnings and pay rules for app-based drivers.
The new ride-hailing app isn't just a Uber copycat. Instead of ordering a car and getting a price quote for the ride and then matching with a driver after you agree to the price, the app has passengers set their own fares. On the app you throw in a "bid" for a route. Drivers get the offer and come back with their price. After negotiating the price, on the app there's a list of different offers with other details like estimated arrival time, driver rating, and car type.
The company says it already has 14 million users and 10 million downloads from Google Play. The app is also available on iOS. It's the same app for drivers and users. For the first six months in New York, drivers won't have to pay any commission fees, so they'll keep the entire fare after taxes, tolls, and other fees. This is a promotion to lure drivers frustrated with handing over portions of every ride to Uber and Lyft. After the no-commission period drivers will be charged 5 to 8 percent. Uber's rate is about 25 percent.
inDriver’s CEO of North America Sasha Ozeran described the car service in a phone call as a "fully transparent model" that lets drivers independently negotiate terms. (The company first started as a social media group called Independent Drivers where riders could request a car for a requested price, hence the name inDriver.)
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