In India, shared mobility has always been in demand. With the increasing demand in shared mobility, many startups were seen to be coming with varied types of options. The several choices offered by startups include cabs, carpooling, and rickshaw sharing, among others.
Though all these services have become popular, the congestion on the roads and the traffic remains the same. Recognizing the need for a more viable mobility option, some existing companies and new startups have introduced an alternative mode of transport, the Bike Taxis.
By offering convenient and affordable rides, startups like Rapido, Baxi, Ola Bikes, etc. have already gained popularity in the Indian cities.
How Rapido differs from Bounce/Vogo?
Bounce, Vogo, Rapido… all these startups have already created their own space in the market by offering comfortable mobility options for the people living in the cities across the country.
Though most of the people confuse scooter rentals with bike taxi services, the fact is that both the concepts are entirely different. For e.g., Bounce and Vogo are scooter rentals that offer two-wheelers for rent without a driver.
You have to download their app, search for available scooters near you and unlock it using the code provided. Once unlocked, you can self-drive and reach your destination.
However, when it comes to Rapido, the idea is completely different from Bounce/Vogo. Rapido is more of a bike cab.
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Here are some key factors that make Rapido different from the scooter rental app:
- Rapido is a bike taxi service, not a bike rental service. You can book a ride just like cab services by downloading the app.
- Bike taxis like Rapido comes with a rider that drives you to your destination.
- You can track your ride all the time.
- It is a convenient alternative to cabs and autos to solve last-mile connectivity issues.
In simple words, Rapido is a bike taxi service where the rider will pick and drop you to your destination, just like the cabs.
Two-wheeler cabs like Rapido are not only affordable but also convenient as you need not drive through the traffic and feel exhausted.
Hence, Rapido is not a self-driving bike rental app like Bounce and Vogo.
The success of Rapido
Founded in 2015 by Rishikesh SR, Pavan Guntupalli, and Aravind Sanka, Rapido is one of the few two-wheeler cab startups that succeeded in the bike taxi market.
By offering safe and economical rides for intra-city travelers, Rapido now provides its services in more than 100 cities and has crossed 25 million app downloads. Rapido also has a provision that allows pillion riders to claim insurance.
Rapido offers doorstep pickup with affordable fares which made it famous in all major cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, NCR, Lucknow, Jaipur, Chandigarh, and Vishakhapatnam among others.