When Uber and Ola launched their Bike Taxis in Bangalore within hours of each other, I decided to try it out for myself. I have ridden pillion for hundreds of miles through the treacherous terrains of Ladakh, how bad could a few kilometers in a metro city be? So, I tried a bike taxi for the first time in India, and it was full of precious insights and a sweet banter with my driver Mohun.
Startups Like Ola and Uber are moving beyond just arranging taxis. How can we call an Ola, an Uber, A Zipgo or A Bike Taxi “Cab hailing apps”. Open most media articles and till date Ola And Uber are referred to as “Taxi Hailing apps” or cab aggregators” or similar, but misfitting nomenclature. Let’s call them Commutech.
Bangalore based on-demand shuttle service ZipGo has had a stormy relationship with Bangalore’s RTO. Late last year, the transport authority had raided ZipGo’s offices claiming that its services were illegal. ZipGo had gone off the roads, only to make a quiet return a few days later. This time ZipGo’s in trouble again, and its founders are appealing for help.