A new ride-sharing app launches in Kosovo

2016-09-26

Traffic congestion is a huge problem even for the youngest nation in Europe, Kosovo. With a population of around 1.8 million, there are more than 300,000 registered cars, making traffic congestion a problem, especially in the major cities.

There’s no Uber or Lyft available and ride-sharing still works in old fashion. Although Uber announced plans for expansion in the Balkans, the company seems more occupied in bringing autonomous driving to the world. That’s why attempts to solve problems like this from the inside make sense.

Meet Allride, an Uber clone built in Kosovo, aiming not only to enable ride sharing and ride-hailing but also journeys and cross-border connections.

The app, currently hunting for drivers, works in the same fashion as other ride-sharing apps. You can hire a private driver to pick you up and take you to your destination with the tap of a button on your phone – and they’ll be there in minutes. Not only is it an on-demand car service, but you can see exactly where the driver is when they’re coming to pick you up.

People will be able to use similar features like the ones on Bla-Bla-Car, meaning that they can set date and plans for traveling to a certain destination, and people can apply/bid to join the journey.

 

Lack of Credit Cards, no problem

But there’s an interesting component related to the lack of credit card penetration in Kosovo and throughout the region. Allride has introduced a cash payment model, that passengers to pay the drivers in cash, without hassle. Although it seems simple, there’s a complex system behind that enables a smart way of tracking transactions.

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Allride wants its app to be global but doesn’t want to face challenges where online payments are limited. The drivers bid for the request that a passenger might have to go from destination A to B, while passengers see in real-time prices, drivers, rating, distance and other important information.

Allride is expected to launch officially in October, with more drivers and users, as currently, the app is limited in usage. We’ll keep you updated when more information is available.