Anyone who has used cab aggregating apps like Ola or Uber or Taxi4Sure will tell happy tales about how these apps came to their rescue in reaching their destination on time, overcoming public transport strikes or even getting to office despite pouring rains and clogged streets. However, in most of these cases passengers travel alone and there are too many cars on the street.
Abhishek Talwar and Rajat Talwar who started ridesharing app Poolmyride wanted to address scenarios like this with a view to reducing the number of vehicles on the road and the amount of consequent pollution in addition to also giving people a platform to connect with people travelling in the same direction to share a ride.
According to YourStory, their basic premise is that people spend hours driving their car to and from work which hampers their productivity at work especially in metros where traffic and pollution can make the task of driving very challenging. By sharing rides people can relax during their commute, reduce the amount of money spent on travelling and also enjoy the company of others which can be relaxing. As the duo says,
Did you know that while Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata account for five per cent of India’s population, the registered vehicles in these cities account for 14 per cent of the vehicle population?”
The Talwar brothers quit their regular jobs to create Poolmyride and have learnt a lot in the process of creating the 59th version of their app available on Google’s Playstore. Abhishek adds, “We’ve worked on building a product that is highly intelligent. While building the product we always had a vision – to connect the travellers through an elegant and easy to use user interface.” The app, he says, is intelligent enough to notify the user, even if he forgets to log in, about another potential co-passenger nearby who is travelling in same direction.
In-app features allow users to even check out the profiles of people with whom they will sharing a ride and even call or email them. When users create a car pool on the app, they receive redeemable coupons from outlets like CCD which could be on their route. Poolmyride is looking to create many such strategic partnerships and even add more intelligent features besides making the app available on Google Wear and iWatch.