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For over three years in the transport market, today GRAB is here to give us their newest and must-awaited feature to their app.
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Today, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform has finally made GrabShare official here in the Philippines. It was first launched in Singapore since December 2016.
Launched this afternoon, GrabShare is currently in its BETA stage, and is currently live!
What this new option provides users is basically the option to hop into a commercial carpooling service from the app. Would this newest feature will kicked Uber's carpooling ass? We will see.
What GrabShare aims to do is to make carpooling more accessible, and affordable, to the masses.
At the core of this new service, passengers will still be able to enjoy the same standards and comfort they previously had when taking GrabCar Economy, just that now, it’s cheaper and you can make a new friend along the way.
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Wait, Don’t They Already Have A Carpool Service?
Doesn’t Grab already have a carpooling option in the form of GrabHitch?
Well yes, but there’s a difference. Here’s a table to break down what areas both GrabShare and GrabHitch serve.
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To describe it in a few words; GrabShare is an on-demand commercial carpooling service, while GrabHitch is a social carpooling experience by non-professional drivers.
Here’s a summary on what GrabShare offers:
Cheaper Fares – Passengers can expect cost savings of up to 30% on a GrabShare ride, when comparing it to GrabCar Economy, with fares being fixed and displayed upfront. It gets even cheaper during non-peak hours, thanks to Grab’s dynamic pricing system.
Bring A Friend At No Additional Cost – A typical GrabShare ride can accommodate up to four people, so either yourself or the other carpool passenger is able to bring on-board another person, as long as both share the same pickup and drop off points.
Maximum Two-stop Guarantee – You will only have to go through an addition of two stops on your ride, to ensure that everyone reaches their destinations fast, and for less. Drivers will only wait for passengers for up to 3 minutes at pickups.
Instant Booking – Unlike GrabHitch which needs advance bookings, GrabShare is instantaneous, allowing you to make a booking anywhere and at any time.
Ride With Peace Of Mind – You will be covered under Grab’s Group Personal Accident Insurance each time you take GrabShare.
How GrabShare will work?
So to summarize, here’s how a typical GrabShare trip will work:
1 – Passenger A selects GrabShare ride and is picked up by a GrabShare driver.
2 – Passenger B selects GrabShare ride, and Passenger A and B are matched. The Grab app notifies both the driver and Passenger A and B of a successful match.
3 – Diver makes a slight detour to pick up Passenger B. Both Passenger A and B can bring one other person to ride with them (for example, four seats in the car may be filled).
4 – The order of pick-up and drop-off ensures that both Passenger A and B get to their destinations quickly.
With GrabShare now out, it enters into a crowded market of on-demand ride services which includes the entire umbrella of Grab ride options (GrabTaxi and GrabCar), as well as those by rivals Uber.
So, are you ready to share your ride?