Careem acquires bus shuttle service Commut | Launches in Sudan

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Careem has acquired Commut, the Hyderabad-based mass transportation app to improve the quality and availability of mass transportation and help create affordable transport options that can be a catalyst for moving cities forward.

Founded by six IIIT Hyderabad graduates, the tech-driven bus shuttle service that has been operating in Hyderabad since November 2015. Commut has made over 750,000 trips within more than 100 existing routes and are the third-largest transportation app in India.

Backed by UK-Based Shell-Foundation and 50K Ventures, Commut served over 70,000 customers and onboarded 400 driver-partners. Now that Commut has joined Careem, their local operations – including its customers and driver-partners – have now been taken over by Shuttl, a shuttle service provider in India.

According to Prasanth Garapati, CEO of Commut,“We built Commut with the mission to touch and improve people’s lives by offering an economical, comfortable, safe and tech-enabled mass transit solution. Our mission is in line with Careem’s of providing users with a safe, reliable, affordable and convenient means of transportation for people. Joining Careem and building the mass transportation vertical will help us in fulfilling our mission at a much larger scale”.

Careem has also been testing in Sudan since July to make Sudan – it’s 14th country in which it operates. Careem has begun with coverage of greater Khartoum which comprises Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North. Currently, there are more than 2,000 Captains working in the city.

Taxis in Khartoum are not usually metered and fares are negotiated before a ride begins, but Careem’s pricing is measured and transparent. The cars are modern, clean, with air-conditioning, water bottles and an added level of safety and security. There is also a rigorous pre-screening of new captains as standard procedure, to ensure they have no previous criminal records and hold a clean driving license.