- Quick Ride connects vehicle owners and commuters working in the same office or travelling through the same route to share their cars or bikes.
- If you are a passenger looking to join a ride on your way to the office, you will be presented with a list of riders going through the same route.
- You will be able to see how much of your route coincides with the rider’s, the time the rider leaves from the place, the point where he or she will pick you up, and where they work.
For years, great minds have suggested numerous policies, frameworks and everyday methods to tackle this issue. And with the rise in automobile population, contributing a major part in deteriorating air quality, carpooling turned out to be extremely beneficial. Not only does the ride-sharing activity help lower vehicular pollution, it also saves time, money and reduces traffic congestion.
Redefining the above idea by giving it a digital floor, KNM Rao and Shobhana Sriram formed Quick Ride in 2015. Most-suited for office-going individuals, Quick Ride connects vehicle owners and commuters working in the same office or travelling through the same route to share their cars or bikes.
“Quick Ride started with an aim to help every car owner to build a carpooling culture and enable the urban commuters to start sharing the empty seats in their car or bike with colleagues. We wanted to empower the concept of ‘Urban Shared Mobility’ aimed at decongesting and reducing pollution in today’s developing cities,” Rao told ET.com
The co-founding duo came across the idea as they witnessed a number of problems associated with everyday commuting. “We’ve all witnessed the problems associated with traffic congestion. We’d drive down to the office every day and witness the parking crunch first hand. Corporate employees would be fighting with each other in order to secure a parking spot. At the same time, many employees would avail the company cab facility. While we knew a number of people were travelling from the same route and destination, people were always hesitant to offer rides,” he said.
This is when they decided to develop an automated solution to enable carpooling services for people travelling through the same route or destination. Quick Ride’s service can be availed using its mobile app which has an easy-to-use interface. All you have to do is list yourself as either the rider (the one owning the vehicle) or the passenger and input details of your home and office addresses.
If you are a passenger looking to join a ride on your way to the office, you will be presented with a list of riders going through the same route. You will be able to see how much of your route coincides with the rider’s, the time the rider leaves from the place, the point where he or she will pick you up, and where they work. Quick Ride authenticates all its user’s workplaces by verifying their workplace email id.
In other features, you can see the number of rides they have driven with other Quick Ride passengers and the ratings bestowed on them. You can also see the percentage score of their punctuality.
After screening through the details, either of the parties can send each other a request to carpool. Varun Singamsetty from Bangalore, one of the most traffic congested cities in the country, has been using Quick Ride to pick up passengers on his way to the office for the last 4 months. He travels with 2-3 people everyday who he found were looking for a ride from his office to near his home location.
“And now, they are more than my co-riders, we’ve become good friends. Further, Quick Ride’s services are multifold. One is to reduce pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, which also provides comfort to those who do not have cars, it is very convenient for them. Secondly, the price to travel through Quick Ride is so much more reasonable and economical,” he said.
According to Rao, every ride’s fare is calculated based on a “pool points” system. “Carpoolers are given the flexibility to set the fare between 0 points to 5 points per kilometer, however the recommended fare for carpooling is 3 points per kilometer. These points are rotated within the carpooler network to drive the carpooling activity,” he said, adding that Quick Ride charges 6% service fee for each carpool.
While Quick Ride seems to have eased the burden of everyday commuters giving carpooling a digital boost, its journey was filled with a particular speed bump, involving ensuring safety of women passengers.
“The major challenge that we faced during our initial stage is the awareness about carpooling among the public. People, especially women were concerned about their safety while sharing the ride with strangers. We had to convince people that each and every registered user is verified and Quick Ride is the safest way to carpool,” Rao said.
Quick Ride’s investor kitty includes industry leaders such as Naspers and Sequioa. And while Rao didn't close any figures, he said the firm is currently well capitalized to maintain their operations.
Talking about progress, he said Quick Ride has reached a milestone of 3.9 million users across India. It is currently present in nine cities, namely- Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kolkata.“We entered the market with just 40 users in 2015 and have scaled up to 2 million in just 4 years. The growth for this year has been phenomenal, with 65% of our new registered users coming through referrals,” he quipped.
5 Comments on this Story
SUNIL BHARDWAJ50 days ago
Is it available in Delhi NCR , connected Bhiwadi location
Vivek Jhunjhunwala336 days ago
Super app, probably the best one
Amol338 days ago
I offer quick ride daily since last 1.5 years. Its a great way to reduce pollution, congestion on roads and make new friends. Makes ride fun specially during traffic jams, you have people to talk with on numerous topics :)