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Now Ride-share Your Intercity Journeys With BlaBlaCars

blablaEurope based startup BlaBlaCars has expanded beyond its native continent and has launched services in India today. India is the 14th country where BlaBlaCars have started its services. BlaBlaCars is a city-to-city ride sharing community service which connects drivers with empty seats to commuters looking for a ride to offset distance travel cost.
The BlaBlaCar website and their free mobile app come with a host of features for commuters to enjoy a safe and easy ride. Users can checkout member profiles before choosing who to travel with, exchange ratings and build reputation among the community, easily communicate with fellow members via in-app messaging facility. Users can also use the click-to-call another member feature and access the details of their rides at any time.
The cost paid by passengers are capped to ensure that the driver makes no profit out of the ride but only covers the cost of driving a long distance city-to-city journey. BlaBlaCars had launched an inter-city and intra-city service earlier in their timeline and found that people preferred inter-city transport through ride sharing to be profitable and worthy as a choice. The service also does not charge its users until they have garnered a huge fan base in the country of operation. The firm has already started to monetize the service in countries like France and Spain.
However, the fate of such services in India is quite uncertain due to safety issues. Even when professional taxi services like Uber and the likes failed to have stringent driver background checks, how safe can a Facebook login for drivers and co passengers be considered for user safety?
BlaBlaCars is also not the first ride sharing service to be launched in India. Tripada, a ride sharing service backed by German startup incubator Rocket Internet, had also entered India with a view to disrupt the ride sharing segment in India.
Also read:  Ridesharing in India : Why B2C Doesn’t Work

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