Ridesharing is getting more popular and changing the way many people commute to work and travel across cities. When we think ridesharing, we often make the comparison with Uber and Lyft.
I had the chance to speak with Sinch partner SPLYT and their CEO Philipp Mintchin who told me “Uber is still fundamentally a taxi app. Uber Pool is a recent addition but their foundation is based in the taxi model”.
Philipp and his team have been working on SPLYT for over a year, creating a new, instant ride sharing app for iOS and Android that allow people making the same or similar journeys to share their ride and lower the cost. “Our customers can save at least 40% of their transport costs if they use SPLYT”, Philipp told me.
“People share buses, trains, and planes but ridesharing still has an awkward feeling around it. We wanted to build an app and service that would allow users to take advantage of the comfort and cost savings that ridesharing can offer.”
The SPLYT app puts users in control. Unlike other ridesharing services, if another SPLYT traveller wants to join a ride and share, the driver is informed and needs to get the go-ahead of current passengers before accepting the ride. Users see a profile with the trip savings and can then accept or decline the ride.
SPLYT currently uses Sinch to offer in-app calling between driver and customer. “We wanted a driver to be able to call a customer and let them know when they have arrived or to tell them if there is some kind of delay.” If there is an issue or need to contact the customer, the driver can simply make a call from within the app with app to phone calling.
They built the app, added in-app, phone (PSTN) calling and found the whole process easy and “nothing too complicated”, plus they needed no support from the Sinch team!
Philipp also added that:
“Sinch is one of the easiest SDK’s my developers have ever used, and much easier to work with and integrate compared with some other app calling providers.”
Currently, only the driver can call a customer but SPLYT are planning to allow customers to driver communication shortly.
“Sinch just seemed so simple to use. My developers have said that Sinch was easily integrated and friendly to use”
SPLYT plan to launch in February this year, starting in London and expanding throughout the UK in 2015.
Head to their website to learn more and sign up for the service.
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