Hitchhiking apps can facilitate users' mobility, both within cities and on intercity routes. Alternatives to Uber, apps like BlablaCar, WazeCarpool and Zumpy are among the existing solutions in Brazil, and which can often be cheaper options than other private car services. In addition to the competitive price, the platforms offer extra attractions, such as the opportunity to meet people or even create groups with users who travel the same route frequently.
It is worth remembering that Uber itself brings an alternative to remain competitive in this market, since, since October, it started offering the Uber Juntos modality, replacing UberPOOL. O TechTudo prepared a list of the five best ride apps available for Android and iPhone (iOS).
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The French BlaBlaCar is a kind of social network for sharing rides Photo: Reproduo / Amanda de Almeida
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Created in 2003 in France, BlaBlaCar arrived in Brazil at the end of 2015. The platform is a kind of social network focused on hitchhikers, and combines shared economy and socialization opportunity. Present in 22 countries and with 60 million users 2 million of them in Brazil alone, the application unites those who need to travel with those who have space available in the car, allowing the apportionment of the costs of the journey.
Who offers the ride must register information about the departure and arrival point, date and time for the app to calculate a value for the trip. Those who need a ride should do a search with similar data, and can choose the best option. BlaBlaCar checks the profiles of travelers as a way to offer more security to users, in addition to the exchange of evaluations. There is also the "S Para Elas" filter for women who feel safer when traveling together.
Launched in Brazil in August, Waze Carpool wants to take cars off the street and improve mobility Photo: Reproduo / Amanda de Almeida
In Brazil since 2012, Waze has as its basic proposal to optimize traffic, offering the best itineraries based on information provided by the users themselves. In August, the GPS service took a step further with the launch of the Waze Carpool in the country. There are two possibilities in the app (driving and hitchhiking), and the main objective is to reduce the number of cars circulating on the streets, connecting people who usually use the same routes on a daily basis.
As with BlaBlaCar, the premise is to share expenses, not the driver's profit. Users can choose who to give or hitch a ride to, taking into account profile information and using filters that include the same gender and coworkers. The base price of the trip considers the route and the number of people in the vehicle.
Brazilian application, Zumpy was created in 2015 in Belo Horizonte Photo: Reprduo / Amanda de Almeida
Launched in 2015, Zumpy is the only Brazilian app on this list. Created in Belo Horizonte, the application has some interesting features, such as the function of choosing the security filters that define who the route will be visible to (public, Facebook friends, private groups and rides between women). In addition, the service allows the driver to exchange his credits for fuel at the Ipiranga service station network.
After registering and choosing the filters, the app combines users with itineraries and schedules similar to those usually employed by companies and university students. Like other applications in the segment, Zumpy also has a system for evaluating users, which helps to provide more security when combining rides.
For now, Wunder is only available to users in Rio de Janeiro Photo: Reproduo / Amanda de Almeida
The German app Wunder was created in 2014 and is currently present in 37 cities in 11 countries, including the United States, Spain and India. In Brazil, for now, rides are only available in Rio de Janeiro, with the possibility of expanding this list soon. Despite the limitations, the app is well rated on the App Store and Google Play, and its purpose is to offer savings, encourage friendships and preserve the environment.
Users can offer and search for rides, from the creation or search of routes. Here, however, the driver is free to decide the amount to be charged per kilometer. Payment can be made either by cash or through the app's Wallet. After the trip, it is possible to leave evaluations of drivers and passengers and share them with the community.
Uber mode allows users to share the route and share the fare for the race Photo: Reproduo / Amanda de Almeida
Despite being distinguished from the other ride apps on this list, the Uber Juntos modality offered by Uber promises rates up to 35% lower than UberX. A replacement for UberPOOL since October, the new service aims to facilitate the route of drivers, while offering more attractive prices for users. Another difference in relation to the other apps is that there is a limit of only two people per request.
To use the mode, just enter the destination address in the application. When available drivers appear in the area, the user must select Uber Together and go to the indicated starting point. Charging for the race will normally be done in the application itself.
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