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Alternatives to Uber

Alternatives to Uber

1) Careem 

Careem is a vehicle-on-demand company Based in Dubai. It has a presence in 100+ cities across 15 countries. The company calls Careem a ‘SuperApp.’ The brainchild of Mudassir Sheikha and Swedish Magnus Olsson, the company, was born in 2012. Soon, it became an unavoidable player in the transport sector of the United Arab Emirates. 

From Pakistan to Morocco, the company has 33 million users and more than 1 million drivers. Their growth inspired Uber to acquire them, making a deal of $3.1 billion in 2020. 

Careem has an incredible in-app feature. It allows its users to get answers to the most commonly asked questions. Our Cabily app has the same feature; using which one need not exit the app to raise their concerns. 

2) Ola

Bhavish, a young Indian, decided to come up with a solution for hassle-free inter-city travel. He has faced a traumatic experience while traveling from Bangalore to Bandipur in a cab. Born in 2010, Ola Cabs gave a tough competition to Uber and Meru Cabs. 

Ola has aggressive pricing coupled with good service. The company enjoys over 60% market share in India. Apart from one million driver-partners, they also have 125 million users on board. 

The company roped auto-rickshaws and kaali-peeli (black-yellow) taxis into its fleet. Also, they introduced ‘cashless rides.’ The company received fundings amounting to $676.8 million. The company’s current value is $3.5 billion. 

Signing up with Ola is a breezy process. It takes only a few seconds to register oneself with the app. Our Cabily app has the same user-friendly sign-up process. 

3) Lyft

Lyft was Originally called Zimride in 2007. Founded by Logan Green and John Zimmer, the app positioned itself as a taxi service provider. They served mainly for those who want to share rides while traveling out of town. In many ways, Lyft is the polar opposite of its rivals. 

For example, Lyft asked its drivers to fix fuzzy mustaches on the front grill of their cars. They encouraged them to sit on the shotgun seats. Lyft, with its unique strategies, broke all norms set by the rival cabs. 

Lyft is also known for introducing female drivers before anyone else did. Similar to Ola, Lyft has a straightforward sign-up process. Likewise, our Cabily app will just need their name, email, password, and contact number for sign-up.

4) Hailo

A late entrant to the London taxi market in 2011, Hailo adopted a different strategy to stand out from the crowd. Other ride-hailing apps focused on catering to riders’ needs. But, Hailo looked into the issues faced by drivers. It recruited three London drivers to get to know about the challenges faced by drivers. 

Hailo connected drivers with riders. It reduced its reliance on-call service executives to dispatch taxis. It maximized the profit of the company. According to Hailo, for every four seconds, their app is being used by someone to book a cab. In London alone, the company has so far transported at least 1.5 billion people. 

Hailo is a driver-friendly company. It has added the ‘Price Adjustability’ feature to its app. During peak hours, it empowers a driver to adjust the pricing. We have replicated the same feature in our Cabily app.

5) Grab

Two Harvard students decided to start a company in Southeast Asian countries. They started it after witnessing the haphazard transportation sectors. In 2012, the duo launched it in the name of GrabTaxi in Malaysia. 

In seven years, the company saw phenomenal growth in eight SEA countries. The company’s growth became evident when it acquired Uber in SEA. The company has positioned itself as a ‘super app.’ It provides not only taxi services but also private cars, bicycle-sharing, and bike taxi services. It also lets users book hotels and tickets. Also, they can buy groceries, food, and subscribe to on-demand videos. 

The Grab app added a useful feature called ‘Estimated Drop-off Time.’ Using that riders will be able to know the approximate arrival time of a taxi before booking. This amazing feature is also available in our Cabily app.

6) Gett

Gett is another company that proved the need for a taxi company. They are the mother of invention. It was Shahar Waiser’s frustrating 30-minute wait for a taxi in 2009 that made him open a start-up. 

Gett is an Israeli-based ride-hailing company that emerged in 2010. It transports not only people but also couriers. The company grew steadily and set foot in the United States of America, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The unorganized transport sector of Israel proved successful for Gett. It received $30 million in 2012 before entering the US market. 

In 2016, Gett introduced a passenger-friendly feature ‘Split the bill.’ This option allowed up to six people to share a cab. 

In 2018, $80 million poured in for the company. It came from Volkswagen Group, Baring Vostok Capital Partner, and Access Industries. 

Today, more than 20,000 companies rely on Gett to transport goods and couriers. They have optimized the company’s app for visually-impaired people. The app gives a real-time audio description of the user’s interaction with the screen. Our Cabily app has the same feature that helps visually-impaired people to use it with ease.

7) Bolt

Markus Villig of Estonia is a 19-year-old college dropout. He started the company and is now in a head-to-head battle with Uber in Europe and Africa. Called initially as Taxify, it got its name rechristened to Bolt. The weak taxi system in Estonia is what pushed Markus to start a taxi company. 

Compared to Uber drivers, Bolt drivers can earn 10% extra on average. Thanks to the 15% commission, the company collects from them per ride. Whereas, Uber collects 25% commission. 

Carpooling, food delivery, and electric-scooter service are some of the additions Bolt brought in. The company is pumping money into Research & Development. It is helping them to improve mapping and routing instructions. The company added the ‘Add stops’ feature to its app. It lets the riders stop at three spots, including destination. This cool feature is available in our Cabily app.

8) Kapten

Kapten is Originally called Chauffeur-Privé. The company rebranded itself as Kapten — a less French-sounding name. As proof for the company’s success, it handled more than 7.5 million rides in 2018 alone. It has 22,000 drivers. 

The company, unlike its rivals, took the responsibility of paying taxes to the local authorities. It has plans to expand its operations in 15 major cities across the world. In 2018, it entered the London ride-hailing market with the backing of BMW and Daimler. The company eyed on young riders and positioned itself as a direct competitor to Uber. It is the ‘last mile’ solution to those who live in the outermost zones. 

For the benefit of drivers, Kapten came up with ‘Kapten Deals!’. If they achieve weekly targets, Drivers can unlock three reward tiers. They are Silver, Gold & Platinum. Our Cabily app also has a rewards program feature. You can use that to boost your business by rewarding your drivers.

9) Addison Lee

An informal name to have for your company in the ride-hailing industry. Addison Lee caters to the needs of those who seek business-class car services. Users know it for having iconic cars in its fleet. It has London’s largest executive fleet of Mercedes and Toyota Prius cars. 

Addison Lee says its clients have the right to expect extraordinary standards. Started in 1975, the company now operates in 350 cities across the world. 

The company does not subscribe to the idea of collecting ‘Surge Charges’ from the riders. Their cars come with privacy glass, climate control, free phone charger, and Wi-Fi. They allow their riders to add up to three stops. 

We have witnessed the growing demand for such a feature among the riders. So, at Cabily, we, too, decided to incorporate it into our app. 

10) Heetch

Heetch aims to differentiate itself from the crowded ride-hailing market. Heetch decided to operate only during nights in Paris, aiming party-goers. 

Heetch did not try to disrupt the industry with aggressive pricing or irresistible deals. Rather, it just tried to fill the void left by other players. In 2017, the company had to close due to a court order. 

However, it relaunched shortly in 2019. Heetch managed to raise a whopping $38 million to compete with Uber in French-speaking nations. 

Everyone knows Heetch for its clutter-free, simple, and clean admin interface. Cabily, too, has a minimalistic admin interface. It will make understanding numbers an easy-peasy task.

11) Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing has headquarters in Beijing. Apart from Latin America, they also serve in Australia and Asia. They are serving 550 million riders. 

Started in 2012, the company now heavily invests in Artificial Intelligence. It also has sizable investments in Grab, Lyft, and Bolt. 

Known for a series of mergers, the company has a $6 billion valuation in 2015 after a major merger. It contributed to the exit of Uber from China. 

DiDi has a feature that allows real-time message translation from one language to another. Cabily has the same feature integrated into the uber clone application.

12) BlaBla Car

A different ride-hailing company, but with the same backstory. It was one Christmas; Frédéric Mazzella had no car but wanted to reach his French countryside home. The trains were full. The roads were full of cars; however, many of those cars had just one person each. Then they got an idea to start a ride-hailing company. 

Today, the company operates in 21 countries. It includes the United Kingdom, India, France, and Russia. 

The company, to improve passengers’ safety, introduced the ID verification feature in its app. Recently we have added the ID verification feature into our Cabily application.

13) Viavan

Viavan started in 2017 as a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz Vans and US vehicle-sharing service Via. ViaVan takes a cut of 15% from its drivers as commission. It is 10% lesser than industry leaders such as Uber. In April 2018, it launched in London; in August, it entered Liverpool. 

In 2019, the company won the Best Public & Urban Transport Strategy Award. They got it from the International Association of Public Transport. In Berlin, it is the largest public-sector on-demand ride-sharing technology.

Today, the company’s presence is in 20+ countries. The company offers private rides for those who want more privacy. One can pay a little extra and book the entire ViaVan. The same feature is available in Cabily as well. 

14) Curb

Launched as TaxiMagic in 2009, they had rebranded the company as Curb in 2014. They are an early bird to the ride-hailing industry. Curb accomplished what Uber did years later. However, it was Uber who changed the game. The company raised $35 million after they changed the name. 

Curb provides its riders a high level of freedom. They can choose pick-up time, type of car, payment method, and even the route they want to take. 

Booking a cab in advance without surge charges is a stand-out feature of Curb. Inspired by this, Cabily too decided to add the feature. 

15) Flywheel

It is one of the oldest and largest cab companies in San Francisco. The company has California’s second-largest fleet of wheelchair supporting taxis. The company wanted to reinvent the wheel with their ‘Taxi Operating System.’ 

They have invented the OS to replace a slew of machines in a cab with one cloud-enabled smartphone. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the company introduced Flywheel Shield. It’s a transparent unit that separates driver and passenger compartments. 

In 2015, the company took the ride-hailing industry to its roots. They did it by allowing riders to flag down any passing cab and pay the driver through the app. The same old way is now available in Cabily. 

16) Easy Taxi

Rocket Internet is the world’s biggest e-commerce incubator. Backed by them, this Brazilian company is now in 420 cities across 30 countries. 

Tallis Gomes had a time-consuming wait on a rainy day for a cab in Rio de Janeiro. It made him start a ride-hailing company. He originally planned to code a bus monitoring application. Later he changed it into a ride-hailing application.

The company’s app has a feature to track the cab in real-time. We have added the replica of the feature to our Cabily app. Using the feature, one can check the exact location of their cab.

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