Ridesharing in Africa is not completely new, as africans have been moving around by sharing vehicles for decades. Traditional ridesharing of then was mostly based on getting from one point to another without the use of technology. E-hailing is a turning point for transportation in Africa today. The E-hailing business involves the use of social networks, smartphones, and GPS navigation devices, making it possible to share rides and order taxis and or other forms of transportation with as little as a tap or click on a mobile phone.
Technology is constantly evolving, the state of the transportation sector in Africa is evidence of how fast technology evolution is moving. More and more-hailing businesses are emerging both in Africa and world at large as more people are becoming accustomed to its easy means. One sure thing is that people need to move around every day it is a constant and an inevitable part of life, E-hailing has tapped into this necessity and transformed it into a mass source of income not just for the business owners alone but also for the general public who partake in their initiative. It has created an easy avenue for individuals worldwide to make a living with the rising unemployment rate in many countries. Here are top 3 E-hailing businesses changing the lives of people in Africa:
- Uber: Uber Technologies Inc. is a peer-to-peer, taxi cab, food delivery, and transportation network company that began 2009 with its headquarters in San Fransisco, California headquartered operating in 633 cities worldwide. Its platform is accessed through its websites and mobile apps. It has been prominent in the E-hailing so much so that the changes in industries as a result of it have been referred to as Ubernisation. The company in over 15 major Africa countries such as Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Sout Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and many others. It has launched its new startup Gokada in Lagos, Nigeria with plans to expand within Africa.
- Taxify: Taxify is an international transportation network company which launched in 2013 and is headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia. The company developed and operates the e-hailing Taxify mobile application, which allows people to request a taxi or private driver from their smartphone. Taxify operates in 25 countries and 40 cities in Europe, Africa, West Asia and Central America. The company has 10 million customers globally and more than 500,000 drivers use the platform to offer rides.
- Oga Taxi: Oga Taxi is a West African premier community-focused taxi app. Founded June 2014 with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. Oga Taxi is currently operational in Lagos, Abuja, and Rivers, working with partners and individual drivers. It aims to expand to more cities in West Africa with a focus on creating a system that provides equitable fare rates for both the passenger and driver.
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