In the advent of ride-hailing apps, now comes a homegrown web-based mobile-friendly ride-sharing service, Droupr, which you can use to share a ride to get to your destination.
Similar to Grab’s GrabHitch service, Droupr drivers don’t make any profit, instead the service simply allows them to offset their costs by sharing a ride with others, and it also charges a small booking fee to cover its overhead.
The purpose of the system is to give everyone a community-based, safe travelling experience, while everyone shares the cost of travel.
It pairs together car owners about to hit the road and passengers by matching available seats in cars with a real search engine, and is engineered to create a secure, trust-based community with declared identities and full member profiles.
Users register in the system using their real name with a valid e-mail address and phone number, while to ensure passengers safety, the system offers members the option to include their Identity Card and house address verification.
Members then proceed to key in details of where they want to go and when, and getting a list of drivers heading to the same destination, with their journey history and a price which is a fraction of a ticket on public transport.
Each passenger makes a fair contribution for their seat, and driver cover the fuel and toll costs to ensure that everyone on the trip experiences a safe and pleasant drive.
The system will then notify of the charge for the journey so that there are no overcharging issues.
One unique feature the system offers is the ability for members to choose “Ladies Only” for cars where both the drivers and passengers are female.
With a hashtag meaning sharing in Malay, Droupr said it comes down to a basic philosophy: “we’re all headed the same way, so we might as well #TongTongJe!”.