CityNews – 5th Novemer 2019Now Chiang Mai residents can determine the cost of their trips
Chiang Mai, November 5 – inDriver, an international online ride-hailing service headquartered in Mountain View and used by 35-million people across more than 300 cities, today becomes available to residents of Chiang Mai. inDriver users can independently set the price for their trip, while drivers can choose the most profitable and convenient orders.
The app’s Real Time Deals model combats algorithms used by other ride-hailing companies, which rack up prices because of peak hours, traffic and request history.
inDriver allows passengers to set their own fare for their chosen route. Nearby drivers who receive notice of ride requests have three choices – accept the fare offered, ignore the offer or bargain for a higher price.
Chiang Mai is the first city in Thailand where inDriver was launched. inDriver has already connected more than 900 drivers in Chiang Mai, and dozens of new drivers are being registered daily. At the initial stage after the start, inDriver will not charge drivers any commission.
A unique feature of inDriver is that drivers are not automatically assigned to riders. Once the counteroffers are in, passengers select the most suitable driver in line with what categories are most important to them – fare, driver rating, estimated time of arrival or vehicle model.Photo credit: from Google playTravelling with inDriver can be done throughout Chiang Mai’s city borders and the nearest suburbs. Currently, one can pay for the ride only in cash, which allows to further reduce the cost of the trip, as when paying by card, the bank charges an additional commission.
In recent days inDriver has been working in Chiang Mai in test mode to collect first feedback. This week showed that prices became more attractive for passengers. Passengers using the app pay on average 20% less than with other services. For example, for a ride from Chiang Mai Zoo to Central Plaza Airport with inDriver, users paid just 112 THB, from Kad Manee Market to Three Kings Monument 56 THB.
You can download inDriver for free from the Google Play Store and AppStore.
During the New Year holidays of 2012, the temperature dropped below -45C in the city of Yakutsk, Siberia, in Eastern Russia. As a result, local taxi drivers simultaneously doubled the cost of rides — leaving riders (literally) out in the cold. In response, the inhabitants of Yakutsk created an “Independent Drivers” group on Russia’s social network, where people posted ride requests, listed the price they were willing to pay, and drivers accepted their orders. In just six months, more than 60,000 people had joined the group. Not long after, the mobile app inDriver was created to replace the group, allowing passengers to independently set the most optimal terms for their rides. Today, the service is used by 35 million users in more than 300 cities in 28 countries.
International online ride-hailing service inDriver now available in Chiang Mai