inDrive Aims To Expand Services In Malaysia

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Anis | 08-08-2023 12:00 PM

image.png inDrive, an international ride-hailing service with over 150 million downloads in 48 countries, has announced plans to expand its ride-hailing services in the Malaysian market through a more personalised, transparent, and fair peer-to-peer model.

The company, headquartered in Mountain View, California, is the world's second most downloaded ridesharing and taxi app.

Arsen Tomsky, Founder and CEO of inDrive, stated that the inDrive platform, which is rooted in a mission to challenge injustice in the mobility industry, allows riders and drivers to negotiate prices, routes, and ride details directly, The Sun Daily reported.

“We are striving to spread inDrive’s peer-to-peer model as we believe it’s a more personalised, fair and human-centered approach. We want to address common issues in the mobility industry such as algorithmic decision-making, unfair driver conditions, and price manipulation, especially in peak hours,” he said.

InDrive's approach, he claims, benefits both riders and drivers by providing optimal fares, flexibility, and safety. They can select the best match for their requirements.

Currently, the inDrive platform only accepts cash payments in order to avoid financial institution fees and losses from cyber fraud, allowing them to pass the savings on to drivers and customers. image.png

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in demand for cashless payment methods.

In the future, inDrive anticipates increased use of city-to-city ride-hailing services as movement returns to pre-pandemic levels.

Tomsky stated that inDrive sees promising growth prospects for the Malaysian ride-hailing market and plans to expand significantly in the coming years. Cities like Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru, Penang, and Kota Kinabalu are seen as critical in driving this growth.

In terms of opportunities, inDrive sees the opportunity to differentiate itself by expanding into underserved areas or targeting niche markets. The company intends to overcome obstacles by focusing on providing exceptional customer service, leveraging advanced technology to increase efficiency, and forming strategic partnerships with local businesses or organisations.

In order to capitalise on opportunities, InDrive plans to offer unique features or services tailored to specific customer segments, as well as engage in targeted marketing campaigns to raise brand awareness and attract new users.

"We anticipate that demand for affordable ride-hailing services will grow as people continue to grapple with rising living costs, particularly in urban areas." "This is where we believe our app will help alleviate their burden by allowing them to negotiate and agree on a fair price for their mobility needs," he explained.

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