BeepCar, the free ride-sharing service launched earlier this year by Russian technology company Mail.Ru Group, has recently expanded to 12 new countries.
Since its rollout, BeepCar drivers and passengers have driven over 22 million kilometres and visited nearly 6,000 towns. The five most popular destinations for BeepCar users have been Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg and Kazan.
Now, the service is available for offering and finding rides to Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania, Czech Republic, and Azerbaijan. Moreover, since its launch, BeepCar also covers trips within Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Several new features have been added to the service, among them the option to indicate the day and time of return, when adding a ride, making it possible for a driver to immediately find passengers for the ride back, without needing to add a separate trip. Automatic confirmation is another feature, helping to speed up the process, making it easier for drivers to confirm all travel companions, and for passengers to avoid long waiting times anticipating the trip confirmation.