Nigeria’s GoMyWay, a ride-sharing marketplace connecting passengers with ride owners going along the same route and have empty seats to spare is set to launch in Kenya, Ghana and South Africa and has already secured the ccTLD’s in a move to solve Africa’s transportation problem via a people-powered transportation network.
Though several car-pooling startups have have been launched in Kenya, the teams have never been as serious on execution and of course without users this applications never last. From a cost-benefit analysis, if GoMyWay hits the streets powerfully, verifies its partner drivers and passengers, it will easily put a dent on cab hailing services. It wouldn’t make sense for anyone to hail a cab when they can pay ten x less the cab fares and enjoy a personal driver alone or with their friends.
GoMyWay also aims to protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions as well as reducing traffic congestion in big cities compared to public transport which is expensive and time consuming.
GoMyWay aims to help both passengers and car owners save more, verified members get to make new friends, meet potential business partners and conveniently arrive at their destination. The site has put four(4) verification levels in place for all members: Facebook, Phone number, Email and Valid ID plus member ratings/reviews plus a dedicated support team.
Co-travelers are free to contact car owners of their choice, and in turn, car owners can accept or decline requests. Based on a formula that takes into account travel costs (e.g fuel costs), the platform suggests a fee that car owners can charge their co-travelers. Passengers pay the stated amount to the car owner.