Germany carmaker Volkswagen this Friday unveils car ride hailing service, Move Ride, that allows users in the city of Kigali to request a taxi using a smartphone App.
Through its local subsidiary, Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda, the global brand has organised party spots in Kigali staring today evening (See Tweet post).
Move Ride is part of the Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda‘s Move App, an innovative IT mobility solution which was developed by a local IT start-up company, Awesomity Lab.
Other mobility solution services offered on Move App platform include Move Share, a corporate car sharing service and soon to be launched, Move Drive, a community car sharing service.
Move Ride will use a fleet of vehicles assembled at Volkswagen Rwanda’s assembly facility in Kigali. At launch, the fleet will include Polo, Passat and Teramont.
A ride in the Teramont will go for as low as Rwf 600 per kilometer. Hiring a ride in an SUV in Rwanda will cost you up to Rwf 10,000 from private companies operating such such services.
Move Ride App works on Apple iOS and Android smartphones. The App operates similarly to popular international taxi hailing platforms which use GPS location. Customers are able to track and monitor requested journeys as well as pricing.
“With Move Ride, people in Kigali will enjoy a convenient, safe and fully transparent A to B transportation. To date, we have more than 12 500 registered users with over 9 800 rides requested since our pilot launch in October 2018. Since December 2018, Move Ride has averaged 120 rides per day,” said Michaella Rugwizangoga, CEO of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda, in a statement to media.
“Our Move Ride service will be available 24/7 and will complement existing modes of transport in Kigali. It will help to improve road safety whilst giving our customers a personalised service offered by our App. We want our customers to enjoy a service that allows them to move at their own beat,” she added.
There are different payment methods available to customers which include mobile money and credit/debit cards.