Kenya’s motorcycle taxi hailing service Helobike aims to launch and bring sanity to Kenya’s roads by helping users move through traffic jams quickly to save time and money and get to their destinations in time.
The startup backed with angels from Indonesia also aims to offer door-to-door delivery services when it launches on June 10, taking on Sendy and Uber motorcycle services-in case the services are launched in the city.
Now signing up and training riders and drivers, Helobike says its major focus at the moment is motorcycles but will eventually add cab hailing with registered,verified and documented drivers as helotaxi. Helobike is signing up and training riders across Nairobi city for its courier, shopping, food delivery and passenger services for both individuals and corporate firms.
Users will be able to pay via cash, M-Pesa or credit cards. At the moment, the team wants the public to download the app, register and test it as they await discounts on the launch day.
The app works simply. Users download the app, registers and select the service they want. Their location is automatically detected, they enter their destination or service then get an estimated charge and they confirm their order.
Though HeloBike is a solid business, the team says it’s a social enterprise as it’ll partner with drivers and riders to connect them to customers thereby creating employment as well as helping solve major problems in the city.