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BlaBlaCar: An Innovative Way To Carpool

 

Carpooling is a convenient way to commute. Traditionally, people who work in the same organization or around each other come together to commute to work. They pitch in for the cost of fuel and rotate driving. Even parents form carpools to take the kids to school, this way, they get some time off when it isn’t their turn to drive.

Now with app-based carpool services, a more modern mode of carpooling has been introduced. With companies like Carma and BlaBlaCar carpool, the place of carpooling in our society is becoming prominent. The solutions that carpooling proposes addresses issues that are both detrimental to the environment and also make commuting stress-full.

BlaBlaCar is an online marketplace for carpooling that connects drivers and willing passengers. The company boasts presence in 22 countries mostly in Europe.

 

More About BlaBarCar

 

Founded in 2004, the company was first a travel community website and was called Comuto. Later, various carpool sites were launched under Comuto and in 2011, BlaBlaCar was introduced in the United Kingdom. The company later re-branded and took on the name BlaBlaCar to unify all its other carpooling services with its headquarters in Paris, France. The company now boasts over 60 million users and over 18 million travelers every quarter.

The company’s name BlaBlarCar is due to its rating scale for drivers. Bla is for the non-chatty drivers; BlaBla for the talker; and BlaBlaBla for the non-stop talker.

 

How to use BlaBlaCar BlaBlaCar

 

  • Download the app on Play store and the App store.
  • Sign up using your Facebook account or email. You can also register online on the website.
  • Log in
  • Register your details and complete the profile page as a passenger or car owner

 

Fares

 

Fares depend on the country of operation. In India, rides are priced from ₹300 depending on the city. In France, fares are priced from €6. BlaBarCar acts as a broker and takes 12% commission off every ride.

By providing easier and more convenient ways to travel, BlaBlaCar Carpool is a win-win for all parties involved.

 

 

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More About Carma Carpool Services

 

The place of carpooling in our society is becoming prominent. The solutions that carpooling proposes addresses issues that are both detrimental to the environment and also make commuting stress-full.

Over the years, rideshare has taken on various forms but still with the same aim; to simplify transportation while reducing greenhouse emissions and traffic congestion in our cities. To ensure seamless transportation, many cities enforce HOV (High Occupancy Vehicles) rules where roads have dedicated lanes for these vehicles. In a bid to provide smart carpooling solutions, Carma Carpool launched its services in 2007.

 

More About Carma Carpool

Formally known as Avego, the company changed its name to Carma in August, 2013. The name change heralded a new corporate identity as well. With headquarters in Cork, Ireland, Carma has quite a strong presence in the U.S with offices in San Francisco, Texas, California and others.  In addition to providing app based carpooling services to commuters, the company in 2014 partnered with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) in Texas to introduce automated tolling discount programs for carpoolers in Austin.

 

How Carma Carpool works

 

Carma’s premier service was carpooling and this service has since evolved with the introduction of real-time information on vehicles and smart management carried out with GPS and other technologies.

In addition to matching drivers with riders, Carma also provides corporate rideshare services and other shared mobility services.

 

To use Carma Carpool

 

Conclusion

One major aspect of ridesharing and carpooling is its impact on the lives of people. You can’t argue that carpooling companies like Carma are doing a great deal to simplify transportation. Rideshare is also fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship and also improving quality of living.

 

 

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What To Know About Skip Scooters

 

It’s no news that electric scooters are becoming more popular and fast dominating the streets. In fact, San Francisco issued a ban on electric scooters in the city when it seemed you couldn’t go anywhere without trampling on a scooter. Now, just 2 electric scooter companies Skip scooters and Scoot are currently allowed to operate in the city.

We see this changing soon as San Francisco is a big market for electric scooters and other e-scooter companies will likely be appealing this verdict rigorously. Skip scooters, one of the scooter companies selected for the new pilot program first launched operations in Washington D.C before making its way to Portland, Oregon and now San Francisco. Skip Scooters

 

More about Skip

Skip Scooters was founded by Mike Wadhera and Sanjay Dastoor. The company is doing things differently by making its own scooters more durable with plans of introducing custom made scooters rather than grabbing scooters off-the shelves and putting a brand on it.

 

How To Use Skip Scooters

  • Download the Skip Scooters app on Google Play or the Play Store
  • Register your account and payment details
  • Find a scooter near you
  • Unlock the scooter via the app.
  • Scan the QR code on the bike using your phone to unlock it.
  • Always wear a helmet and drive in designated bike lanes
  • Start riding

 

What to expect

Performance

  • A 36V-350W Hub Motor
  • Battery life that lasts all day
  • 30 mile range
  • Scooters max out at 18mph

 

Scooters also come equipped with:

  • Adjustable handle bar height
  • Ergonomic controls
  • LED headlights, tail lights and brake lights

 

Pricing

It costs $1 to unlock the scooter and 15 cents for every minute.

 

Conclusion

Various scooters start-up companies are flooding cities in a bid to win the scooter wars happening in America. With different service options to choose from and dirt-cheap prices, consumers come out on top.

 

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What to know about Cabify

 

Cabify is connecting riders with the best local drivers at the best prices with the aim to provide seamless and comfortable transportation. Founded in 2011, Cabify is a Spanish transportation company that allows users request rides via a smartphone. Just like its rival rideshare company Uber, the company is carving quite a niche for itself in the Spanish community.

Ridesharing is gaining strides globally with a regular influx of startups vying to offer specialized services all over the world. In densely populated countries like India and China, bikes and rickshaws are being used to decongest roads and reduce carbon footprints. It is apparent that rideshare is here to stay and companies like Cabify are focused on introducing smart riding solutions all over the world.

 

More about Cabify

The Spanish company has presence in over 35 cities around the world including Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Brazil, Argentina and so many more. Cabify was founded by entrepreneur Juan de Antonio after a failed attempt to introduce electric vehicles in some European cities. Since then, the company has experienced tremendous growth and recorded over a million downloads in 2016 with a valuation of over $320 million.

 

How to use the service 

You can register via the app or on the website

To register via the app:

  • Download the app for Androidcabify and iOS from your app store
  • To register via the Web:
  • Visit the website and click on register.

 

Verify your account

Confirm your payment method. Please note that your payment method can be changed anytime. Users can pay for rides using their credit cards or with a PayPal account.

 

To Ride

Via the app:

  • Choose your pick up and drop off points
  • Select the type of vehicle you need. You’ll see a price estimate.
  • Check your journey information is correct and press “Order now”.

 

Types of Cabify Services

  • Executive – This service is offered with classy vehicles like Mercedes S-Class and others
  • Lite – This service uses nice vehicles like Toyota Avensis and other
  • Group – This service offers rides with vehicles that can convey up to six riders
  • Other services include Cabify Express, Cabify Taxi and others.

 

Cabify’s services targets corporate and private passengers.

 

For Drivers

All drivers have to undergo a thorough selection process including psychometric tests, drug and alcohol tests and a test of their knowledge of city routes will also be tested. The company aims to make the service a full time job for drivers and in Spain, Cabify drivers are under a commercial contract to provide the service.

 

Conclusion

The company seems to have taken a friendly approach with the government unlike its rival Uber. It is operating legally in most cities where it has a presence. By operating legally, drivers do not feel unsafe and are free to offer services without fear of being arrested.

 

 

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Carpooling with Zimride

 

Over the years, rideshare has taken on various forms but still with the same aim; to simplify transportation while reducing green house emissions and traffic congestion in our cities. To ensure seamless transportation, bikes, trucks, and even rickshaws are being used to simplify transportation. In densely populated countries like India and China, bikes and rickshaws are being used to decongest roads and reduce carbon footprints.

With Zimride, the structure is different and innovative. Unlike most rideshare companies that connect total strangers, Zimride offers rideshare through social networking. We will explore this concept in detail below.

 

More about Zimride zimride

Established in 2007, the company was founded by Logan Green and John Zimmer. The service connects users via the social networking platform, Facebook. Currently Zimride boasts over 350,000 users with presence in 125 university campuses in the United States. This innovative platform was created to remove the anxiety that users might feel at the possibility of sharing a ride with a total stranger. Through partnerships with Facebook, users will sign into the Zimride website and are matched with other users that have the same preferences.

Zimride sold to Enterprise Holdings in 2013.

 

How to use Zimride

The service connects users that work in the same organization, have mutual friends or go to the same school. Users who post available seats will also be told to asked to post their personal details and their preferences. This way, the site will match users who have the same preferences.

 

For Riders

Creating a profile is free. To use the platform, follow the instructions below:

  • Sign into Zimride through your Facebook account
  • Create a profile
  • Find the ride you want and book it
  • Follow the steps to make payment and then wait for your ride.

 

For Drivers

  • Ride payments are transferred to drivers via PayPal
  • You will receive payouts after 1 day. This is to protect riders from flaky drivers

 

Fares

The service will suggest fares but the ultimate decision lies with the driver who decides what to charge passengers. Passengers can pay for fares using their credit cards or with PayPal.

 

 

Conclusion

Establishing trust between users is very important. It may not entirely eliminate safety issues but incidences that may occur will not be as frequent as driving with total strangers. Many rideshare companies have experienced lawsuits stemming from driver misconduct cases that range from rape to assault of passengers. By incorporating social networking, Zimride is fostering the spirit of community among users.

 

 

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Tips For Becoming a Successful Uber Driver

 

As an Uber driver, making money is imperative; this is the ultimate goal for offering rides to passenger as an Uber driver. This goal will likely not be achieved if you aren’t maximizing your opportunities as an Uber driver. To become a successful Uber driver, you have to practice steps to profitable ridesharing. This will ensure you get the most out of being a rideshare driver. There are so many other ways you can earn more money on the go besides cutting down on your expenses. You just have to be willing to do the work. In this post, we will explore top ways to earn more and become a successful Uber driver. Successful Uber Driver

 

Tips for becoming a successful Uber driver

 

Do some research

Every city is unique; and it is important to identify high traffic areas. These include areas where people are looking for taxis to aid commute. It is also important to know the times when you are likely to have more people requesting your service. This way, you don’t drive around aimlessly hoping to get matched with a possible passenger. Drive when it is worth it.

 

Driver ratings

When a rider is happy while riding in your vehicle, the probability of getting good ratings and tips is very likely. Keeping your car in good condition is instrumental in having a successful Uber business. No passenger will be happy while sitting inside an unkempt car. Once you drop a passenger, it is important to do a quick sweep of your car before picking up a new passenger. Clean the floor mat in case the previous passenger dragged in dirt or mud; check your seats for stains and keep forgotten items out of sight.

 

Chase those surges

Surge pricing is necessary to get drivers on the road at times when they would rather be resting or just not driving. These times are usually during rush hour, during huge events or when unfortunate incidents occur. Charging higher fares in a situation where demand exceeds supply is just basic Economics. Also, charging higher when you have to spend hours in traffic to transport a passenger is to be expected. This a great way to make more money.

 

You can take up a side gig

Driving alone might not make you earn as much as you desire. There are period of inactivity or lulls when you aren’t receiving ride requests. Why not take up side gigs during those lulls? There are various side jobs that can fit into your schedule. On the top of our list are delivery jobs. You can deliver food for UberEATS, GrubHub and DoorDash. You can also deliver for Amazon Prime. Take advantage of off-peak periods and earn more money on the go.

 

Use tools at your disposal

There are many tools you can use to make your rideshare experience seamless. These tools include apps and equipment that will improve your Uber business as an Uber driver. This is why we at Uberkit.net have spent a lot of time doing our research on the top apps for an Uber driver, and we have compiled them into one list.  See the post here.

 

 

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All About Call a Bike Bikeshare Service

 

At the fore-front of the sharing economy is the rideshare behemoth, Uber. With the goal to make global transportation as seamless as running water, Uber found a way to connect riders with drivers who want to use their car as a means of transporting people. The Uber business model has since been emulated by other ridesharing startups hoping to introduce innovative ways of commuting.

To ensure seamless transportation, bikes, trucks, and even rickshaws are being used to simplify transportation. In densely populated countries like India and China, bikes and rickshaws are being used to decongest roads and reduce carbon footprints. In Germany, bikeshare is taking over the country. The country is already saturated with other bike share services like Mobike and ofo. In this post, we will shed more light on Germany’s Call a BikeCall a Bike

 

More About Call a Bike

 

German based bikeshare company, Call a Bike officially launched in 2000 providing a dockless bike hire system in various cities. Sometimes, the service provides full coverage or partial coverage. It currently operates in over 15 cities in Germany. Cities, institutions or franchises can take up initiating the service in a new market. The service is run by Deutsche Bahn, a German railway company.

 

How it works

Registration

There are different ways to register for the service. You can sign-up via:

  • The website or by downloading the mobile app
  • In Germany, you can also register via the platforms above and also
  • By calling the company’s customer service line
  • At the terminal

 

 

Verify your account

Confirm your payment method. Please note that your payment method can be changed anytime.

 

To Ride

Each bike is equipped with an electronic wheel lock, a cable lock and a touchscreen LC display system for entering lock codes and viewing prompts.

  • Open the app or the website and locate the bike closest to you
  • Once you arrive at the location of the bike, enter the 4-digit opening code into the bike’s touch screen
  • Remove the cable lock and secure it in its holder

 

Rate

You will be charged an annual membership fee of €3 and a rate of €1 for every 30 minutes, or a full-day price of €12 for 24 hours. Depending on what plan you opt for, note that the rates are capped at €15.

 

Conclusion

Bike sharing is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road especially in cities that are densely populated. It will not only reduce traffic congestion but make the roads safer and the environment cleaner.

 

 

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Top 5 Ways Of Contacting Uber

 

Many have expressed displeasure over their inability to contact Uber when needed. This situation took a heightened turn when Uber announced it will be disabling its email support service. Previously, Uber drivers and passengers could get help from the rideshare giant by sending an email to support@uber.com. Uber disabled this platform to get people to seek help via the Uber app. This app is hardly a satisfactory way of contacting Uber as the help you receive will be limited; and many people have come on our platform seeking more ways to contact Uber. We have however, taken it upon ourselves to compile various means of contacting Uber. Please note that this is not an official list. Contacting Uber

 

Top 5 Ways of Contacting Uber

 

Through the app

This platform is suitable for drivers and passengers. Drivers can contact Uber via the app. Uber revamped the drivers’ app in 2018 with an inbox option where drivers can receive messages from Uber. The customer support/help menu has been optimized to also show frequently discussed topics. Uber drivers can use the in-app support to resolve issues not addressed on the Uber website. Account issues and fare/driver complaints can all be lodged in-app.

 

Help.uber.com

This online platform provides a plethora of basic information to help you get started as a driver or a rider. If you also need help with UberEATS, you can get it here. The site is personalized to tackle issues pertinent to different cities. Just be sure to select a city upon login. Information is tailored according to your choice of city.

 

Visit Uber’s local office in your area

If you feel your issues are not being resolved in a timely manner, you may decide to make the trip to an Uber greenlight hub around you. Be prepared for long wait times and delays. I will advise you only visit these centers when you have complex issues that have remain unresolved via the app

 

Customer service numbers

In our previous posts, we took on the task of compiling Uber customer service numbers in over 297 cities. This unofficial master list for contacting Uber contains Phone numbers, Local website information, Local support center addresses, Twitter account information, and Instagram account information in these various locations. To see more, please read our post here – Uber Customer service

 

Support Via Social Media

You can get Uber’s attention by tweeting at @Uber_support on Twitter. Companies tend to avoid negative press and are quick to respond to complaints made on social media. You can also contact them on Facebook by dropping a comment in any of their posts or sending a message to Uber’s official Facebook page.

 

 

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What to know about Taipei’s YouBike

 

Ridesharing is fast become a preferred means of transportation for many. It is cheaper, more convenient and an innovative way of commuting without owning the vehicle. The rideshare industry is growing with many new entrants daily. Pioneer rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft remain at the forefront and start-up companies in the industry are modelling their businesses after them.

Now, various vehicles are being introduced into rideshare. People do not only have to travel with cars; other vehicles like bikes, scooters, trucks and even tuk-tuks are being introduced into rideshare. In a bid to promote cleaner environments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation systems, cities are partnering with rideshare start-ups to introduce smarter transport solutions. In some cases, cities are going it on their own and introducing public ridesharing schemes to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

In this post, we will shed some light on Taipei’s public bikeshare system called YouBike (Ubike). YouBike

 

More About YouBike

 

YouBike is a Taipei based public bicycle sharing service. The service is offered by the city’s Department of Transportation. Taipei is collaborating with local bicycle manufacturer, Giant Bicycles to provide this service in over 6 cities in Taiwan. The service was launched in 2009 and now boasts over 22 million rentals annually with over 200 rental stations.

 

Fare

To rent a bike, it costs NT$5 for the first 30 minutes then NT$10 for every 30 minutes within the first 4 hours, NT$20 for every 30 minutes between 4-8 hours and NT$40 for every 30 minutes after 8 hours.

 

To rent a YouBike

To download the app, visit Play store or the App store. You can rent either as a Member or as a single user. As a member, you will require an Easycard electronic card and a Taipei mobile phone number to register. As a single renter, you will require your credit card and will only be able to rent from a kiosk at a bike station. Please note that YouBike will pre-authorise NT$2,000 on your card which will be cancelled when you return the bike with no incidents.

 

To Use

Inspect the bike before renting it. Once you are satisfied with the state of the bike, place your card on the sensing zone of the bike. Once the green light flashes, makes a beep sound and says “Take”, retrieve the bike from the rack immediately and start riding.

 

To Return

Find an unoccupied parking slot, insert bike lock plate into the dock to lock. Wait for the indicator lights to ask you to place your card on the sensor, then place your Easycard to make payments. Once the fees are taken, the bike has been returned.

 

If you happen to visit Taiwan, be sure to try out a YouBike.

 

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