Russian Ride-Hailing Startup Expands In Africa, Allows Passengers To Bargain With Drivers
A Russian ride-hailing startup that is based in New York has launched in its fourth African market.
The move to New York coincided with InDriver’s push into Latin America, the U.S., and Canada.
The Russian company entered Tanzania in 2018 and launched its app-based services in South Africa and Kenya in 2019.
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InDriver’s mobile app allows passengers to bargain with their drivers, naming their own fare, Nearby drivers can accept, decline or counter the offers.
Founded in 2012, the startup now operates in 200 cities and has a user base of more than 26 million people, IntelligentTransport reports.
Russian ride-hailing firm incentivizing African drivers
The ride-hailing firm charges a percentage of each ride but does not take a commission from drivers in Africa for the first six months.
InDriver said it does this to incentivize and build its base of drivers in each new African market. After six months, it charges 5-to-8 percent commission, according to Quartz.
The Russian ride-hailing firm expects to launch in Harare, Zimbabwe, in August, TechinAfrica reports.