Ridesharing is on the rise, and I’m not just talking about Uber’s surcharges on NYE.
We have Uber, GoCatch and a new competitor, Taxify, who made waves for giving a discount on their launch here in Australia.
Clearly, there’s a competition for the market share of this booming service, because we indulge in their services to either have a night out without breaking the law or just not in the mood for the trusty public transport.
And, we are excited because competition for market share might benefit the customers.
So, we are listing out the three ridesharing platform so you can do the comparison yourself.
We will lay out the facts like price, availability, app interface and extra perks if there’s any, then you can judge who’s the best.
Let’s start with the big dog since most of us are pretty familiar with this be it drunk or sober or you’re a fan of UberEats. Or you could be a fan of keeping up with Uber, where they are involved in various drama like alleged workplace sexism, intellectual property lawsuit and just protest by taxi drivers all over the world.
Uber came to us in 2012 and caused quite some drama with the local Taxi services as per usual.
During the six years, they have pretty much been the go-to for most of us, because they are a massive global company and anyone knows about them and trust that they will be in the city they visit.
The availability of Uber is great, with over 60,000 drivers nationwide, getting an Uber is pretty straightforward. (Even in Geelong #triedandtested)
Also, there are various types of cars you can ask for as well, from luxury ones to just regular. In certain cities like Sydney, you can grab a regular taxi through the app as well.
This leads us to the app interface. I would say that it is simple and easy enough to navigate (drunk or sober) plus there’s an additional feature to split fare which is definitely a lifesaver in many cases.
The pricing model is pretty much the usual (base+distance+extra like surcharges). However, we all know the surcharges can get pretty crazy, and it can be pretty often as well due to the high usage and demand.
With that, Uber is allowed into the Melbourne airport just recently, so that is definitely a perk right there.
Uber is also available in many languages which are a plus to be inclusive for all to use.
Aussie owned ridesharing platform that has been around for seven years.
They started out as a platform to help you get the taxis but have ventured out to provide ridesharing in 2016.
To be honest, I did not know anything about GoCatch till I did my research. Partly because it a local startup and Uber had heaps of exposure for being global.
So, I went around WeWork and asked if anyone knew, and they did although they haven’t used it in years.
There are choices of vehicles too, economy, maxi, premium and taxi. And they pride on their network of Taxis, which is plus since Uber doesn’t link up with Taxis in certain cities.
The great thing about GoCatch is that you can prebook your vehicle (up to 12 months), which means a car ready for you at the airport when you arrive. This also means you can get GoCatch at the airports which are definitely a perk.
The perks don’t stop there as well, you can collect Quantas points with each ride, and they have other partners too.
When it comes to price, they say that they will guarantee the fastest route which means value for money. Stated on their website, they will refund if the driver took a longer route or it is more than it should be.
There is no surge pricing too, and that’s definitely a positive. However, waiting time was an issue for a reason, and we are not the ones with the same thought because if you check the reviews, it ain’t pretty. #triedandtested
The app is pretty basic, nothing too different as well.
The new kid that just entered this market.
The Estonian startup was launched in 2013 and is quickly making waves. Now available in 20 countries and the major cities in Australia as well.
Their advantage is that there are better perks for drivers such as lower commission for drivers which they think will translate to better happy riders.
The pricing is pretty much the same (base+distance+extra), but their surge will never go over 1.5x which is such a wonderful thing (but let’s test it out during NYE).
Right now, they are offering “happy hour” as well which gives you -25% during off-peak hours. Another great thing is their price point which is the lowest as of now, let’s hope it doesn’t go up.
You can also pay in cash, which is a nice change from all the digital payment that we need to have.
The availability is not as high because they are still new so there are not as many drivers as Uber.
However, #triedandtested we got cancelled on many occasion because there is not strict cancellation policy for taxify which can be very annoying if you’re rushing somewhere.
The app interface is very similar to Uber except for the colour scheme.
Another option you can with Taxify is the business option, which means your company could sign up for it for the employees to use for business purposes. This makes it easier to reimburse the employees when they need it for business purposes.
They also made news recently with Didi Chuxing, the ride-sharing company that forced Uber out of China, invest in them.
Didi Chuxing also invested in Lyft, so not to speculate but my vibes is that Uber might be facing some drama soon.
But right now, I’m enjoying the discount and low price point which is a plus in my books.
Carpooling is not making a mark with the ridesharing apps right now. Uber has that option, and I’ve seen and used it in Singapore, but it is not available here.
The perks of pooling are that you get to pay a lower cost and higher availability, but the travel time will be longer.
This is definitely an option in Australia since we have so many cars and so many users. This might offer a cheaper alternative and maybe even environmentally friendlier.
So far I’m still leaning towards Uber only because it is a natural instinct for me and I have not encountered any dramas with it for the years I’ve used it.
Also, my rating is pretty amazing, so I like it that way.
However, Taxify is definitely a great alternative if the surcharges are way too high for Uber.
Right now I’m just hoping to see Lyft make an appearance so I can relate to all the Hollywood B list celebrities promoting it.
What’s your verdict? Share with us your thoughts on the ridesharing battle.
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