Ride Sharing Platforms
Ride Sharing Platforms
This era experiences a generation that is on an all-time-high on emotions and empathy, which leads to the growth of community as a whole and fosters the idea of the growth of like-minded people together.
Today, people are open to being involved in practices that include participation and interactions with one another. With an increasing awareness in people about their surroundings and well-being, a need for a sustainable relationship with nature has developed as well.
An average working person living in an Indian urban city travels almost 30-50 kms every day. These cities, which are already dense with 200-1000 people per hectare, are facing alarming statistics of increasing amounts of traffic, leading to disturbing levels of pollution. In these times, there is a need to seek out a better alternative of commuting.
The ‘ride sharing’ concept, offered by various cab services, comes as an ideal solution to all these commuting setbacks. The idea is to connect passengers with drivers going the same way and filling up millions of empty car seats.
This alternative mode of transport offers a platform for people to connect and facilitates more social interactions in real life. Another major implication by sharing your ride is that it helps in making the environment a cleaner and greener place, reduces stress levels and makes you more productive.
In India, the most famous ride sharing applications are OlaShare, UberPool, Blabla car and a few more. Uber has revealed that 25% of its business comes from UberPool, while their competitor Ola released an in-house study showing that it has managed to keep 9 lakh cars off Delhi’s streets within five months of this feature being introduced. This saved 5,37,768 litres of fuel as users opted for shared rides preventing emission of over 48 lakh kilograms of CO2, pan India.
At present, India has the world’s largest youth population, moreover, a generation that is open to new concepts and thought processes. Young, urban inhabitants, have a broad-minded outlook and a more social demeanour. This brings forth a willingness to meet new people, share a ride with them and to engage in enriching conversations coupled with different outlooks. They are also consciously aware of their environment and sense the urgent need to contribute towards its betterment.
This evolution of such a community of aware and empathic beings is leading to the growth of this concept of sharing a ride and making this urban commuting sector an organised business. With the rise of smartphones and increasing penetration of the internet, ride sharing apps will not only flourish, but will also induce a positive impact on urban community building and contribute towards saving the environment.
So next time you share a ride, remember that you’re contributing towards making real, tangible change!