Ever heard of Carpooling? Bet you have – and mostly not so great things about it!
In its original form – carpooling used to be a tedious, inflexible and often arduous exercise among participants. You needed to start and stop at same or close-by points. You needed to co-ordinate by some divine method of guessing what the other person was guessing, in case of delay by one of the ride-partners. All of you needed to start at approximately same time – for both onward and return journeys.You had to take turns to take your vehicle on the road! Overall, the amount of effort that would go into carpooling only implied one thing – it was itself a full-time job, and still not quite enough to give you a smooth experience. In today’s world of instant solutions and flexible work timing demands – carpooling is clearly a no-go for most of us. Hence, traditional carpooling does not work.
So why are we dissecting the obvious? Well, because – all that has just changed for the better, using technology. We agree – carpooling done in the traditional way – DOES NOT WORK! But ride-sharing – done with the help of state-of-the-art and ubiquitous smartphone technology – certainly overcomes all the above limitations of traditional carpooling.
Is there something that overcomes all the above limitations? Oh yeah, there is. Just look at the features offered by Quick Ride (quickride.in) and you will know. The technology puzzle – has been solved. It comes pre-packaged as the Quick Ride app on the ubiquitous smartphone platform. The Quick Ride app (#QuickRideIn) – is by far the coolest and hippest technology you will find in the ride-sharing space. And at a time when ‘made in India’ is cool again – Quick Ride is not only already in the fully-made-in-India league, it is also far ahead by ‘world class’ standards. For at least the next 1-2 years.
The main objective is to highlight a simple fact – that ride-sharing/carpooling does not have a technology bottleneck anymore. The ‘bottleneck has shifted’. The real bottleneck to wider adoption of ride-sharing, ladies and gentlemen, is inside us. It is our ‘mindset’ and how we make use of available technology.
- Flexible work timings? Checked. Quick Ride has a fully flexible solution just for you, when you need. You can share ride instantly or scheduled or regularly repeatable
- Coordination requirements ? Checked. Quick Ride allows you multiple options to coordinate – You can see the location live on map, you can communicate with all ride partners through group chat– through the app, or using traditional/alternative ways
- Security concerns? A 4-layered (5th one is optional) security cordon gives you the most potent deterrent for self-defence in today’s age: transparent & verified information, at your fingertips – when and where you need it. Travel only with your friends and verified colleagues – whom you trust, Want to restrict, you can restrict within your own company or to same gender
- Control? You choose how much to share, when to share, whom to share with – and with whom not to share. Without your consent – no information is given out, no ride happens, no question of security being compromised.
- Benefit / incentive: depending on your role, you may either manage to recover a substantial amount of your fuel expenses, or get comfortable & confirmed car rides at prices comparable to bus tickets.
The real-challenge now is to convince yourself to throw away those excuses, park your vehicle at home and start looking for shared options. Because unless you, and more fellow citizens like you, truly rise up and show the world that you indeed are thought-leaders and pioneers – India and its cities would be denied the advantages that a home-grown platform like Quick Ride offers.
Which one among the choices below seems to be a better choice to you:
a) starting 30 minutes earlier (or late) to join a ride-sharing partner in a less congested road that takes you about 1 hour, or driving on your own in a more congested road for over 2 hours? Can we be little flexible about our timings?
b) a doorstep-to-doorstep drop to your workplace from home, that extends your total travel time to 2 hours, vs. 1 or 2 simple transits (e.g., a short ride by rickshaw, or a last mile walk) in a shared journey? The shared journey also reduces cost and travel time by almost an hour, by reducing road congestion
The fact is most of us are obsessed with driving our own vehicles. Can we start leaving our vehicle behind, and join others’ shared vehicles? If we take our car out only 4 days in a week, and join others’ shared vehicles on the fifth day, 20% traffic reduction can easily happen. 40% traffic reduction is possible – if we just do the same for 2 days in a week!
But are you willing to give it a shot? You may worry – what will happen during return time? Well – worst case, what can happen? In cities, where most workplaces are, it is highly likely to find matching shared options, or dedicated taxi services at the touch of an app button on your smartphone.
These are the kind of ‘mental blocks’ we need to fight against & win – to make ridesharing happen successfully. Can we not rise up to the occasion above our individual self-interests, cast aside those self-fulfilling doubts and demonstrate how we can be positively different? This is an opportunity to use completely home-grown solutions to leapfrog our way into next generation urban commuting – ahead of others. Can we create an example case of collectively increasing road-space by 30%, without constructing even a foot of new road?
How great would it be if we can ‘make in India’ – all of these?