Thursday, 22 November 2018

Quick Ride, a boost to car pooling in Pune


22/11/2018

PUNE: As Pune’s growth story continues Quick Ride hopes to facilitate it. The city of Pune has seen the steady growth of manufacturing and Information Technology in the city. Along with this growth has come the influx of people and vehicles that have already started adding complications to the situation on the street. As per officials there are now more vehicles (36.2 lakhs) in the city than people (35 lakhs) living in it! Keeping these figures in mind, Quick Ride has a mission to free the city of its traffic woes and is working tirelessly towards it.

Quick Ride is a mobile App for carpooling which helps users to beat these traffic problems. It is developed by a team of enthusiastic IT professionals who came together to resolve these daily commuting problems instead of cursing the system. The app dynamically connects the employees of various organizations to share a ride together who are travelling on the same route. The App also covers important aspects like security which is 4 layered, real time sharing, live coordination, ride cost sharing and other advanced features.

Quick Ride was founded in 2014 in Bengaluru, and its first version was launched in 2015. The App was introduced to Pune in April 2018. From a modest beginning in the city, in the last 6 months Quick Ride has been able to add about 1 lakh registered users in Pune alone. Currently it has scaled to 4000+ carpool rides in Pune everyday thereby reducing approximately 4000 cars from city roads on daily basis during peak hours. Till now we have done close to 5 lacs rides in Pune while reducing 782 tonnes of carbon.

Founder, KNM Rao mentions we are committed to growing the daily rides by 25 times to 1 lakh rides in Pune in the next 15-18 months thereby easing congestion on city roads. He is quick to add that while we have received support from city corporate like Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, HCL and DLF among others, for us to truly scale up the extent of carpooling in Pune we will need active support from the state government in terms of directives, recognition and infrastructure for the carpooling community.

Vikash Singh, Vice President (Marketing and Operations), mentions, “Unlike taxi services which adds to vehicles on the road, Quick Ride uses the empty seats in existing commuting vehicles to enable carpooling. This is how we have been able to decongest the roads. Bangalore has been a case in point where we have scaled up in recent months to enable 50,000 plus rides everyday, thereby reducing over 35,000 vehicles from city roads. In one of the largest tech parks, Manyata Tech park in Bangalore alone, our efforts have helped reduce more than 4000 vehicles by carpooling initiative. We are sure of bettering these numbers for Pune.”

Amit who is Associate Director and incharge of Pune city is quick to add that while we have received support from city corporates like Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, HCL and DLF among others, for us to truly scale up the extent of carpooling in Pune we will need active support from the state government in terms of directives, recognition and infrastructure for carpoolers community.

Quick Ride’s users have been a constant source of srength and have been appreciative of its efforts. Gowri K of Wipro says “ Quickride is very useful application. It is economical and safe for women. Many of my colleagues use this App. It provides a good networking opportunity”. Another user Madhav Chandra says “This App has been a boon for me. It has helped reduce my cab bills by over 6000/- per month thereby helping me save more”. Anoop Cheeran adds “The happiness one feels with the thought that you are helping bring down the carbon footprint (even if it is a tiny bit) by sharing one ride has been foremost. Plus you get your fuel bills subsidized for doing this! Rides are becoming a good time to learn and share experiences and insights with folks from varied backgrounds.”

Shobhana BN, Co-Founder of Quick Ride said, “Carpooling is a well-known practice. But traditional carpooling didn’t take off as it required manual coordination. Quick Ride automates the carpool process and makes daily commuting by carpooling feasible by bringing together a large network of professionals to come together to carpool and to share fuel expenses” Enabling the traditional form of carpooling with technological intervention, we have ensured that sharing of fuel costs and joining the ride by seekers has been without any human intervention.

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