Online travel agency Goibibo is launching an Intercity car sharing service called GoCars soon. The company currently has a webpage dedicated to the feature, although it doesn’t mention a specific timeline beyond ‘in a matter of days’.
GoCars will let users share car journeys between cities, set nearby pickup/ drop points and pay only for their own seat. Users can also use Goibibo’s closed wallet goCash to make payments. Note that it’s not clear which cities the company plans to launch its service in first, or what the sign-up process will be. Competition in ridesharing has been heating up in India with various companies offering intercity cabs. Some of these include:
AHA Taxis: In June, intercity cab aggregator AHA Taxis expanded to 20 cities and towns including Mumbai, Pune, Tirupati, Ooty, Mangalore, Coorg and Mysore among other others. AHA now claims to be present in over 350 cities in the country.
Ola Outstation: At the end May, Ola launched Ola Outstation, a cab service from Pune to travel to Lonavala, Mumbai, Nashik and Aurangabad. The cab could be booked and accessed in 2 hours from the time of booking and would charge the user for a round trip. Users could also book a trip for longer than a day, up to 10 days.
Ixigo cab outstation booking: In May, ixigo launched intercity cab booking on its web, mobile web and app platforms with 250 intercity cab operators. This service would initially be available in Delhi (NCR), Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Jammu, Shimla, Manali, Meerut and Alwar. Meru Cabs also offers intercity booking.
BlaBlaCar claims 3 million seats offered in 1.5 years: Earlier this month, intercity ridesharing service BlaBlaCar claimed that it had offered 3 million seats for travel on its platform since its India launch in January 2015. In September 2015, it had mentioned that the company had made 350,000 seat bookings in India and was present in 700 cities. The France-based company claims to have over 30 million registered members globally, with presence in 22 countries.