While the capital is dealing with the debate on cars with odd and even numbers on license plates plying on alternate days as a measure to control pollution, city-based firm Pay Technologies Pvt Ltd is ready to launch a free car pooling mobile app that aims to reduce vehicular traffic as well as pollution levels in metros by facilitating app users to commute home to office and vice versa through car pooling. The app named Cloudacar will be launched this week.
A team of four-Prajwal Zende, Rishabh Sawansukha, Ashutosh Sathe and Mandar Landhe-have been working on the app for the last two years. Commenting on the need for such an app, Zende said that the country is estimated to have around 450 million vehicles 2020.
There are more than 25 million cars in just the four metros of India and 78 percent people travel alone in their cars occupying a huge per person space on the already crowded Indian roads.
“While the concept of car pooling is a way of life and reality in the western world, in India, it is practiced by small groups only. Though we have been working on the app for the last two years, we thought that now is the right time to launch it. Even the Delhi government is talking about ways of dealing with pollution and traffic. Other factors such as better internet speed and people adapting to smart phones, inspired us to build a credible social commute platform that can benefit users especially office-goers,” said Zende, adding that the firm is targetting Pune, Mumbai and NCR.
And this is how it works: a user needs to register, verify himself and create his home to office trip in the application by following simple steps. He can also find fellow car poolers or build his own community using cloudacar.
The app also provides unique features for advanced user verification and SOS support. Every user can see their nearby users and invite friends to form a community of trusted people.
Features like HOT Routes tells users the most frequented routes by people for better reliability and Live Trip console provides a real time update on the scheduled trip.
Customised preferences allow one to select a car type and a co-passenger of his/her choice, while a dashboard provides one ready information on savings on emission and fuel.