Rapido, the Bengaluru-based bicycle taxi start-up, has partnered with multimodal transport app Tummoc to appeal to public transport users while providing a seamless transport solution to its existing users.
Tummoc allows users to understand public transport routes and transport options between two points in the city. Users can also find the optimal combination that saves time and travel expense. Tummoc’s âPlan My Tripâ feature helps users discover multiple ways to reach their destination, which will now also include Rapido’s bicycle taxi and car network as well as other public and private transportation options.
Users will also be able to book the Rapido bike taxi and auto through the Tummoc app in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Rapido co-founder Aravind Sanka said Activity area that the company has approximately 25,000 captains in these three cities. Across India, Rapido has a fleet of 300,000 people, 40% of whom are cars and 60% bicycles. Pan-India, the company claims to average 1 crore in monthly trips.
On the other hand, Tummoc has around 65,000 to 70,000 monthly users on the platform who come either to check the information or to use the first and last mile transit options. âWe plan to go to half a dozen cities over the next three to four months and at least 10 cities by April 2022 and continue to grow. By then, we hope to have one million users and at least 200,000 monthly active users. said Hiranmay Mallick, founder of Tummoc.
The companies are also planning to encourage users to experience multimodal transit. Sanka noted that the multimodal is a very difficult problem because there are several parties involved. It is something that people have to experience first and only then enjoy the experience. âSo to make sure people experience it at least once, twice, or three times. We will find an incentive model, but we are still finalizing these things, âhe added.
Moreover, Rapido considers this partnership as only the first level of integration. âWe believe that there is more than one mode of transport that a user will use for their life, they will always use some form of public transport. Public transport is therefore becoming a central element and we therefore look forward to collaboration with existing players who resolve it in depth. This is one of the partnerships for that, âSanka said.
Interestingly, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation recently opposed Rapido’s portrayal of public transport in a TV commercial featuring actor Allu Arjun. TSRTC also sent legal opinions to Rapido and Allu Arjun, requesting that the ad be removed. In response, Rapido asked the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation for 7 days’ notice to respond to objections raised by TSRTC against Rapido’s recent TVC campaign.