Now have an augmented reality guide with you on your travels across Karnataka

FlippAR Go is a mobile app that acts as a guide for you in your travels via augmented reality. It offers you stories, facts and activities available at the location you’re in and has also tied up with the Karnataka Tourism Board to offer functionality across 20 heritage sites including the Mysore Palace, archaeological sites at Hampi and many more.

FlippAR Go

FlippAR Go is the new-age travel app for the tech-savvy, modern traveller.

It uses Augmented Reality to unveil interactive travel experiences. Learn about heritage sites through interesting stories and facts, explore things to do around you, unlock offers and a lot more, all on a single app.

 


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Inspire and be inspired in your travels with this app

Trell is a platform for travelers to catalog and share their experiences, while at the same time allowing users to view and be inspired by the journeys others have made. One of the interesting features of the app is that it allows you to share your travel story on Trell via social media as a video. The mobile app is available on both Android & iOS.

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Trell is a growing community of young explorers who share exciting stories and experiences through videos and pictures. With over half a million active users exploring untrodden paths.

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About the founding team:

The founding team consists of IIT-Bombay Alumni (Ex-Microsoft, Samsung, Qualcomm)  and has raised more than $1.5 million of funding from multiple investors.


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Self-drive Car Rental Startup Revv Secures Funding From McKinsey Team

Company Name : Revv
Funding Amount : Not Disclosed
Investor(s)  : Ananth Narayanan (the newly hired CEO of Myntra) and 10+ Directors and Partners from McKinsey
Funding Round : Angel round


With funding from Ananth Narayanan, the newly-hired CEO of Myntra and 10+ Directors and Partners from McKinsey, Anupam and Karan (both ex Associate Partners at McKinsey ) have launched Revv, a self-drive car rental startup, which is betting on a pure-play “doorstep delivery of cars” business model (think Domino’s+Zipcar).

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This bet is based on our belief that the sheer convenience of an “order-a-car” product can create entirely new use-cases, and radically improve the growth trajectory of self-drive car rental market in India.

While several other players offer this is as an option, it is generally as an exception and at a steep price tag. The trick is to do this on 100% basis, and a cost that is easily affordable (a natural area for us since each of us has spent almost a decade in hardcore operations).

Also, Revv is offering “unlimited kilometres”, i.e. pricing plans are based only on hours of usage.

The company is starting with a fleet of 50 cars from Delhi-NCR and is targeting 4-6 cities by the end of this year, and a fleet of 20K+ cars in the next 3-4 years, to be the largest self-drive car rental company in India.

HolidayIQ Secures $15mn In Series B From Makemytrip

Company Name : HolidayIQ
Funding Amount : $15mn
Investor(s) MakeMyTrip
Funding Round : Series BHolidayIQ

HolidayIQ, the travel community and holidays recommendation engine has raised Series B funding from Makemytrip.

The $15mn funding will mainly be used to further strengthen its capabilities on Content, Mobile and Product.

HolidayIQ had raised series A before from Tiger Global and Accel Partners. Currently, HolidayIQ has over a million holiday reviews from Indian travellers which is expected to increase multi-fold over the next 2 years.

HolidayIQ operates in a very exciting space in the Indian online travel market. Their pace and appetite for innovation matches ours, and we see great synergy in our focus on Hotels and Mobile. The opportunity to drive scale jointly is fairly significant.” [Deep Kalra, Founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip.com]

Makemytrip already has an investment in ixigo.

IRCTC Ties Up With KFC To Deliver Finger Licking Good Meals On Trains

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has entered into a partnership with Yum Brands owned KFC to deliver meals on 12 trains passing through the New Delhi railway station.

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IRCTC had earlier partnered with pizza chain Domino’s to offer a similar service in trains that did not have pantry cars, allowing travellers to order pizzas on route.

The service will be expanded to trains passing through Vishakhapatnam, Hyderabad and Bengaluru railway stations over the next 10 days, but will still be restricted to ones with no pantry cars.

Eventually, the service will be rolled out on luxury trains such as the Rajdhani and Duronto.

Passengers will have make meal orders two hours ahead of the train’s arrival time at any of the given stations, which can be made via www.ecatering.irctc.co.in, calling a toll-free number (1800-1034-139 and 0120-2383892-99) or can SMS ‘MEAL’ along with their PNR number to 139.

Enterprise Transportation Startup MoveInSync Secures Venture Debt Investment By InnoVen Capital

Company Name : MoveInSync
Funding Amount : Not Disclosed
Investor(s) InnoVen Capital (earlier investors include Qualcomm Ventures).


InnoVen Capital India, an NBFC formerly known as SVB India Finance Private Limited has closed its venture debt investment with Enterprise Employee transportation start up MoveInSync.

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Headquartered in Bangalore, MoveInSync, over the last 6 months has seen strong demand for its solution from the industry.

In the last 8 weeks MoveInSync has signed up 6 new marquee clients adding 10,000 users to the platform, taking its total number of users to more than 100,000. This investment will enable MoveInSync in meeting its working capital requirements and bring onboard more users seamlessly.

Car Rental Service Zoomcar To Launch Doorstep Pickup And Drop Facility

Self-drive car rental service Zoomcar has announced that it will launch doorstep service for users across key cities before the end of the year.

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The service will eliminate the need for customers to travel to designated Zoomcar pickup/drop points as executives will drop the car at their choice of location and pick it up upon their return.

Zoomcar recently announced that it had raised $11mn from Sequoia, Empire Angels and NGP in order to improve customer convenience and expand to more locations across the country.

On the sidelines of the announcement, Zoomcar also said that it will expand its fleet of cars to over 1,000 across 250 locations in Mumbai, and introduced ZoomComute that offers office goers an affordable alternative to owning their own car.

Uber Will Once Again Accept Card Payments In India [Partners With MobiKwik]

Ride hailing app Uber has announced that it will once again accept payments made through credit cards and even debit cards from its customers in India.

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The service has been rolled out in partnership with mobile payments platform MobiKwik and has been live for Android users for over a week and will come to iOS users in the coming weeks.

Uber discontinued accepting credit cards due to RBI’s mandate for 2-factor authentication. Now with the MobiKwik integration the company has built 2-factor authentication flow right into the app.

Customers will be asked to enter their online banking PIN or OTP in order for the company to charge the fare to the customer’s credit or debit cards.

Paytm’s digital wallet will remain to be an option for customers to pay for Uber rides alongside all major Mastercard, Visa and American Express credit cards.

Note that Uber India is also testing cash payment in Hyderabad to take on rivals like Ola and Meru.

Uber Travels To Hyderabad To Build Largest Facility Outside US [$50mn Investment]

Uber has chosen Hyderabad to build its largest facility outside US. The company has signed a MoU with Telegana government to create thousands of jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities, foster technical innovation and research into smart city initiatives and a commitment to make significant investments.

We have a long-term commitment to creating tens of thousands of jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities, bringing greater efficiency to automobile utilization and safer transportation choices for people in Telangana state. The MoU is a visionary step and a significant milestone in how governments and Uber are working together around the world to develop smarter cities.

Read : India is Uber’s Largest Market Outside US

Uber will invest upwards of $50 million into Hyderabad to establish a state-of-the-art facility that will house hundreds of new employees.

IRCTC Train PNR Predictor, ConfirmTkt Secures Angel Funding

Company Name : ConfirmTkt
Funding Round : Angel
Funding Amount : Not Disclosed
Investor(s): Pravin Agarwala, an IT industry veteran (he headed the cloud based computing division for SAP as its vice president for several years) and other angels.


ConfirmTKT is an IRCTC train PNR predictor which predicts your IRCTC PNR in seconds based on historical trends.It also assists you in deciding whether to book or not if the train is in waitlist.

“These funds will help us improve our technology ,hire new talent and help confirmTkt to grow as a ticket discovery tool which can show all the possible ways to get a confirmed ticket no matter what.

In the coming quarters our primary focus would be on mobile as 80% of the user base is on mobile and it is doubling every quarter . Daily our mobile platforms serve 15k active users approximately.” [Dinesh Kumar Kotha and Sripad Vaidya, Cofounders of ConfirmTkt]

Paytm Forays Into Travel; Launches Bus Ticket Marketplace

Paytm has announced the launch of its Bus Ticket Marketplace. It has tied up with four travel aggregators to get almost all bus routes on its system, and claims to have achieved 100% growth since launch.

Qn : How is this different from bus ticketing which Paytm launched 3 years back?

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The inception of the marketplace is a part of Paytm’s overall strategy to enter new categories including travel to grow its gross merchandise value to $3-4 billion by the end of 2015 (fyi: Paytm shutdown its grocery business a few weeks after the launch).

“The online travel category in India was estimated to be worth over $8 billion in 2014. We want to tap into this potential to give an enhanced experience to our users while booking their bus tickets. Going forward, we also plan to start signing up hotels and travel agents on the platform.” Vijay Shekhar Sharma – Founder,Paytm

Paytm is building a digital commerce business of new categories to achieve significant scale by entering newer categories to grow its gross merchandise value run rate, or the total amount of goods sold on the platform, to $3-4 billion by the end of 2015.

Qn : Apart from being an aggregator/marketplace, what else is Paytm bringing to the table (for the industry at large)? Do they have any skin in the game?

Travel Startup, Guiddoo Raises Seed Funding from Angel Investors

Travel technology startup, Guiddoo has raised seed funding from Pawan Borle, SVP Fly Dubai Abrar Ahmad, Partner TravelCapitalist ventures Nirmal Singh, Management Team Ducab, Vishal Shah, Founder AcFin Consulting, Sanjay Shah and Ushik Gala who are Chartered Accountants by profession. Guidooo

Guiddoo’s leading offering is an in-destination travel app which has curated content for over 300+ monuments, attractions and locations around the world. The app has over 100K downloads, 7 screens per session usage and very high user engagement.

The company claims to be adding 500-1000 new users a day. Further, Guiddoo’s Business Devision provides plug and play solutions to leading travel operators (OTA’s, Tour Operators, DMC’s, Tourism Boards, etc) across the globe who want to engage the customers during their leisure or business trip.

We want to make it easier for a traveler to not only plan the trip but maximize his time during the trip by having all information at his fingertips. The funding will help us create curated content for the top 25 inbound destinations globally and build a solution for India specifically, which will be available in multiple Indian languages.

Uber, Ola and TaxiForSure Still Cannot Operate Legally In Delhi

The Delhi Government has rejected US-based ride hailing company Uber’s application for registration under the modified Radio Taxi Scheme 2006.

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Applications of India-based rivals Ola and TaxiForSure were also rejected on the same grounds by the Delhi Government’s transport department.

The news follows yet another case of a woman allegedly being molested by an Uber driver in Delhi.

The applications of all three cab aggregators were rejected due to their failure to declare that they were complying with a Home Ministry-imposed ban on their services last year.

The ban was imposed after the Uber rape case prompting the government to step up its demand that taxi aggregators employ better safety measures.

Now Book A Ride On TaxiForSure With A Single Tap And Pay Via Paytm

TaxiForSure has unveiled its new app that allows customers to book a cab with a single tap and has also announced its partnership with Paytm, allowing customers to pay for rides through its digital wallet.

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The changes made to the app along with the partnership are in line with improving customer experience and making the process of booking and using a cab more seamless.

One Tap To Book A Cab

TFS claims that it has reduced the time it takes book a cab on its app from 15 seconds to 10 seconds. By reflecting the driver and fare details along with other inputs on one screen, tapping on the preferred ride option will immediately book the cab.

Paytm Partnership

All Paytm customers will now be able to link their wallets to their TFS account. In order to be billed through their Paytm wallets, users will have to go to the payment section of the TFS app and activate payment through Paytm.

Doing this ensures that the fare at the end of a ride is deducted directly from the rider’s Paytm wallet. A bill notification will be sent via SMS while the bill will be sent through email.

The changes to the app are being rolled out across Android, Firefox OS, iOS and Windows Phone platforms.

On-Demand Travel Service Platform Jugnoo Raises $1M From Rakesh Mathur & Others

The on-demand travel service platform, Jugnoo which connects drivers with passengers has raised US $1 Million in funds from investors including Rakesh Mathur, the CEO of Flywheel (earlier cofounded Junglee) and actress Saumya Tandon.
The other investors participated in the funding includes Kirloskar group, Vikas Taneja (senior partner at BCG and angel investor with exits from Pubnub and Rapportive), Just Weil (investor in Facebook and Yandex).
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The funds raised will be used to launch Jugnoo services in six tier II cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Lucknow, Indore and Kanpur during the next 6 months.
Flywheel has raised $12mn in Series C and is creating an ‘Uber’ alternative.
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Jugnoo is an on-demand service platform that connects the passengers with its community drivers. The driver in close proximity picks up the ride request and charges the passenger according to the distance computed via Global Positioning System (GPS) on their cell phone.
At present the services are available 24 hours in Chandigarh Tri City area and Ludhiana with verified and trained drivers.

Uber Launches Inter-City Taxi Service Between Mumbai & Pune

Taxi hailing company Uber has launched a new service – UberINTERCITY – which will allow commuters to travel between Mumbai and Pune, at a rate of Rs 3,999.
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The service will be launched from May 2, 2015, and is being offered for a limited period of time. UberINTERCITY was rolled out due to increasing demand from travelers who frequent between the two cities.
The pricing for UberINTERCITY will be inclusive of all taxes and tolls, while the company will also offer a fare split option for those who want to share rides with friends.
Shaliesh Salwani, Mumbai GM of Uber announced the tests for UberINTERCITY and said that the service was an India specific one, based on consumer and driver demands.

How To Book An Inter-City Uber Ride?

  • Open the Uber app anywhere in the Mumbai or Pune pickup coverage areas.
  • Toggle to the uberINTERCITY option to request a flat-rate ride from one city to the other.