InDriver is a private transportation app available for Android and iPhone (iOS) that relies on a kind of auction to offer trips to its users and drivers. This feature, which sets the service apart from other platforms such as Uber, 99 and Cabify, enables the passenger to choose how much he wants to pay for a race. On the other hand, drivers may also choose to accept the offer, decline it or make a counter offer. In the end, it is up to the user to decide for the driver to bring him not only the best price of the race, but also other advantages such as a shorter waiting time and a more comfortable car, for example.
How to use inDriver, an app that lets users set race prices
inDriver the transport app that allows the user to choose the price of a race Photo: Reproduction / Helito Beggiora
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The service, which was created in Siberia in 2012 and only arrived in Brazil at the end of last year, aims to decentralize the offer of taxi races, making the values for both driver and consumer flexible. InDriver is only available for some cities in the country and the only form of payment currently available is cash. Next, see in detail what the service is and how it works, as well as other curiosities about the app. The app can be downloaded from the dnetc Downloads page.
1. What and how does it work?
InDriver is a private transport platform that resembles Uber and 99. Available in more than 25 countries and 200 cities, the service offers drivers requests for short, medium and long-haul trips. Known to be more economical than serving traditional applications, inDriver differs from other services in the category by allowing the user to define the amount to be paid for the race and choose the driver who will transport it.
inDriver allows the user to offer a price to be paid for the race Photo: Reproduction / Maria Dias
Trips with specific criteria can also be made through inDriver. Requesting vehicles to transport more than four passengers or moving animals, for example, are resources available to the application user. Other features, such as luggage transportation or the ability to add stops along the way, can also be found on the platform.
To use the inDriver service, the user must download the application and register from the phone number, as well as enter some personal data, such as name and social security number. You must also grant the app access to device location.
To request a trip, the user must inform the route and enter the origin and destination addresses. Then he can offer a fare to drivers for the race as there is no minimum value, the app suggests offering a reasonable price to make the order more attractive to professionals. In the Remarks field, the user can give the driver information about how many passengers will be transported, for example.
In inDriver, the user who defines the value of the race, with the possibility to increase the fare and make the offer more attractive. Photo: Reproduo / Maria Dias
After requesting the trip, inDriver will offer the race to the drivers closest to the user's location. This way, he will be able to see in the app who is available to make the trip and which prices are charged by drivers who can accept the proposed value or offer a counter offer. You can view information such as driver rating, car make and number of trips completed to help you choose.
During the trip, inDriver enables driver data sharing and current car location with friends and contacts via social networks, email and SMS.
3. Where is inDriver available?
The service is available in more than 200 cities and 25 countries, including the USA, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Brazil. Here, the platform first arrived in the city of Joo Pessoa and is now also available in Macap, Belm, Teresina, Natal, Recife, Caruaru, Aracaju, Curitiba, Sao Paulo, Santos, Porto Alegre, Sorocaba, Florianpolis, So Jos do Rio Black, Londrina, Goinia and Cuiab.
The company encourages users to request service in their cities through a direct request to company support at [email protected]
4. What are the differences between inDriver and services like Uber and 99?
In general, inDriver, Uber, and 99 offer the same service: a platform where you can request a car and a driver to drive medium distance. In this context, inDriver differs by allowing the user to negotiate the value of the race directly with the driver. In a scheme much like auctioning, he must offer the amount he thinks is fair to pay for the ride. By contrast, drivers may accept the offer or make a counter offer. Thus, it is up to the user to choose the driver and which offer is most advantageous for him in Uber and 99, the application itself that selects a driver based on the availability and location of drivers, and the price is calculated by the apps.
By allowing this driver-passenger negotiation model, inDriver prevents its users from being taken aback by the dynamic price, a variable value used by Uber and 99, added to the total price of the race when there is a lot of demand for the service. On the other hand, while inDriver still only offers cash as a travel payment option, Uber and 99 allow the use of credit, debit, cash and PayPal cards.
Uber is one of inDriver's rival platforms and charges a variable value for the race through dynamic pricing. Photo: Reproduction / Barbara Mannara
5. What are the payment methods?
Money is currently the only payment method available in inDriver, a feature that puts it at a disadvantage compared to other services in its category, such as Uber, 99, and Cabify. In these latest apps, you can pay for a race through a registered credit card, debit card, cash and PayPal. In the case of Uber, the payment methods are expanded, as it is possible to use Uber Cash, which is the credits. prepaid services offered by the company.
6. How much does the inDriver driver earn?
In inDriver, driver earnings depend directly on racing demand and user-proposed fares. Although the driver can choose which race he wants to do and thus accept only those trips that are profitable, the driver also depends on the user accepting his counterproposal if the initial value offered is lower than what he considers fair.
Factors such as city of operation, time estimation, distance of the trip and weather conditions are the variables that influence the final value of a trip. The idea is that the price is negotiated between user and driver, so that both benefit from the service.
The inDriver app can be used by both passengers and drivers. Photo: Reproduo / Maria Dias
7. How was the app created?
InDriver was developed in 2012 in Siberia by Russian college students outraged by the tax increase for taxi drivers on cold days in the city. To alleviate the situation, they created a group on the VKontakte social network to bring together users who were willing to offer a value for a race and drivers willing to accept or trade them. In just six months, the group brought together more than 50,000 people interested in the dynamics of transportation. Thus was born the auction scheme that was later incorporated into a platform of its own and that today, the great differential of inDriver compared to other services in the category.
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