inDriver, the worldwide digital ride-hailing platform based out of the Untied States, has been advertising a lot in Nairobi. The platform is preparing to bring a cost determination for fares on taxi rides in the city.
Used by 24-million people across more than 200 cities, inDriver was started back in 2012 in a remote town in Eastern Siberia, in Russia. It is now available to residents of Nairobi. With inDriver, users can independently set the price for their trip, while drivers can choose the most profitable and convenient orders.
The app’s Real Time Deals model combats algorithms used by other ride-hailing companies, which rack up prices because of peak hours, traffic and request history. inDriver allows passengers to set their own fare for their chosen route. Nearby drivers who receive notice of ride requests have three choices – accept the fare offered, ignore the offer or bargain for a higher price.
The inDriver service is already operating in South Africa and neighboring Tanzania. Representatives of the app claim that they have already connected more than 5,000 drivers in Nairobi, with dozens of new drivers being registered daily. In an effort to attract more drivers to sign up with them, inDriver is not charging drivers any commission.
A unique feature of inDriver is that drivers are not automatically assigned to riders. Once the counteroffers are in, passengers select the most suitable driver in line with what categories are most important to them – fare, driver rating, estimated time of arrival or vehicle model.
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