Updated: December 25, 2015 11:56:26 am
Just days ahead of the launch of odd-even car scheme in the national capital, an app called ‘Odd Even Ride’ has been rolled out to make commuting even easier. The app works on the same lines as any other carpooling app, except that it shows rides based on vehicle numbers apart from proximity. While Delhi government’s plans of odd even scheme goes live from January 1, the app has already been unveiled for Android users.
“Odd Even Ride is a free app and has been designed with an aim to make the odd even policy a success by providing people such tools that facilitate travelling. Not everyone has cars with both even and odd numbers and also, especially because carpooling has become so popular these days, we created this app,” said Damini Pahwa, founder of Odd Even Ride.
Users will need to put down their names, mobile number, destination, time etc apart from vehicle number. It also prompts in to fill in gender in case you want to share the ride with people alike. The Odd Even Ride is at a very nascent stage and close to 100 people have registered on the app till now. The numbers are, however, expected to grow as more people come to know about it.
On asked whether this is the kind of response that the company (Appsoleut Coders LLP) was looking forward to, Pahwa said, “We are looking for a much better response as there are millions of people out there who are travelling but getting 100 people on the app at a stage when it is not so popular is not so bad.”
The app to have a better connectivity would require travelers from all areas of Delhi to register, which is not the case right now. According to Pahwa, maximum people from west Delhi have registered on the app till now. She hopes to make it reach other areas in and outside the city as a lot of people travel into Delhi every day.
With just a few days left for the policy to launch, the company relies on word of mouth to make the app popular. “We are also trying to get in touch with CM Arvind Kejriwal so that the ministry can tell people about this app,” said Pahwa. Since, the odd-even policy will be implemented on a 15-day trial basis, we are still unsure if it will work out for Delhi.
“If the idea is not perceived well by the people, then Odd Even Ride will continue as a carpooling app. We will try and make it different and come out with new features,” she adds.
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