International online ride–hailing service inDriver now available in Pattaya
Now Pattaya residents can determine the cost of their trips
Pattaya, January 23 – inDriver, an international online ride-hailing service headquartered in Mountain View and used by 38-million people across more than 300 cities, today becomes available to residents of Pattaya. 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.
Pattaya is the third city in Thailand where inDriver was launched. inDriver is available in Chiang Mai and Hat Yai. inDriver has already connected more than 300 drivers in Pattaya, and dozens of new drivers are being registered daily. At the initial stage after the start, inDriver will not charge 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.
inDriver has the option to make the rides safer. Passengers can share their GPS location and ride details in real time from the app with trusted contacts.
Travelling with inDriver can be done throughout Pattaya’s city borders and the nearest suburbs. Currently, one can pay for the ride only in cash, which allows to further reduce the cost of the trip, as when paying by card, the bank charges an additional commission.
In recent days inDriver has been working in Pattaya in test mode to collect first feedback. This week showed that prices became more attractive for passengers. Passengers using the app pay on average 20% less than with other services. For example, for a ride from Mike Shopping Mall to Pattaya Walking Street with inDriver, users paid just 143 THB, from Art in Paradise Pattaya to Harbor Pattaya Megafun Mall 195 THB.
During the New Year holidays of 2012, the temperature dropped below -45C in the city of Yakutsk, Siberia, in Eastern Russia. As a result, local taxi drivers simultaneously doubled the cost of rides — leaving riders (literally) out in the cold. In response, the inhabitants of Yakutsk created an “Independent Drivers” group on Russia’s social network, where people posted ride requests, listed the price they were willing to pay, and drivers accepted their orders. In just six months, more than 60,000 people had joined the group. Not long after, the mobile app inDriver was created to replace the group, allowing passengers to independently set the most optimal terms for their rides. Today, the service is used by 38 million users in more than 300 cities in 31 countries.