Europe’s City-to-city Ride-sharing Service BlaBlaCar Enters India

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The service caters to rides from one city to another and connects drivers with co-travellers. Charges involved are fuel-sharing and running costs, while the company usually takes a 10 percent cut on either the co-traveller or driver transaction.

BlaBlaCar will allow users to search for car owners in the same city and post their desired travel schedule online, like departure and arrival times, intended dates of the journey, and the like. Car owners can post their details as well, along with price per co-traveller.

Interested travellers can contact car owners and confirm contribution for the journey, with payments made in cash during the course of the trip. The system also allows co-travellers to get information about the car owner like age, reasons for travelling, type of car, luggage allowance, and so on.

"India, with its young, highly connected population, and multiple major urban hubs separated by long distances, has great potential for ridesharing. Chronically overcrowded transport infrastructure forces travellers to book their train or bus tickets weeks in advance, while the high price of fuel makes long-distance car travel often unaffordable. BlaBlaCar will make last-minute city-to-city travel both available and affordable. Car-owners will be able to offer seats to co-travelers, so they can travel together and share fuel costs," says Nicholas Brusson, co-founder of BlaBlaCar.

BlaBlaCar will initially begin operations out of Delhi and Gurgaon, and branch out into other locations with time.

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