Uber sparked the trend of taxi genocide, and Grab followed suit. The latter however, does offer you the option of choosing between booking a regular taxi or a car.
Not wanting to get left behind, regular taxis are understandably doing something about it. Carpooling app Ryde, which has surprisingly been around since 2014, has now partnered with ComfortDelGro. Singapore’s biggest taxi operator has finally hopped on the bandwagon with a third party transport app.
Ryde hasn’t had the same commercial success as Uber or Grab, simply because it was purely a carpool platform that branded itself as a social network. It promotes a sense of community more than the actual service, which sounds really nice and warm.
Whilst it’s always nice to have a friendly driver and a comfortable ride for a fraction of the cost, it’s also a little daunting knowing that you need to have a visible picture and a real name tied to your profile. Drivers and riders can also be selective with whom they wish to ride with. Which leads me to worry should a driver just… not like my face.
However, new partners ComfortDelGro might prove a game changer for the “Social Network”. ComfortDelGro are the first to offer a flat fee for its taxi services on its native app. And it’ll be bringing that service along in its marriage with Ryde.
How well this union proves to be is yet to be seen, but the competition is heating up and it’s a healthy one for both drivers and riders alike.
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