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Where To Look For Carpooling And Rideshares In Bangalore

Neha posted on 12 October

The Bangalore Traffic Police is giving carpooling a big push this month, in hopes of easing the city’s ever-ongoing traffic problems.

So we thought we’d put together a list of carpooling and ridesharing apps, websites, and forums in Bangalore. We’re looking primarily for intra-city carpooling – so we excluded websites that only focus on travel-based carpooling {say, from Bangalore to Chennai}. Of course, safety and trustworthiness can often be an issue, so you’ll notice most of the platforms here have in-built rating systems for users.

uberPOOL

Now live in Bangalore, the taxi-hailing behemoth’s ride-sharing feature is accessible through the Uber app. You can currently request a trip from Koramangala, Inner Ring Road, and Indira Nagar, to anywhere within Uber city limits. The app also shows you the fare upfront, so you needn’t worry about a surprise higher fare! Read our piece on uberPOOL for more details.

Download the app for Android here, and for iOS here.

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    PoolCircle

    This app builds on people you already know to suggest ride-sharing options. Its simple interface is based on Google Maps, through which you can see existing carpools near you. You can log in to create your own customised carpool. Integrate Facebook and LinkedIn to see rideshares from people you know.

    Download the app for Android here, and for iOS here.

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    PoolCircle

      Let’s Drive Along

      Another app recommended by the Bangalore Traffic Police. Set up your regular routes, add “favourites” {these work like friend requests}, and sign up to become a “sarathi” {driver} or a companion {a ride-taker}.

      Till the end of October, they’re also running a contest, in which you can invite contacts and win a cash voucher of INR 500.

      Download the app for Android here.

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      Carpool by Meru

      Carpool was launched in September by the taxi-hailing company Meru . You need a Facebook profile to log in, and you upload valid documents such as a driver’s license and personal identification to add your car. They also let you rate your co-passengers after the trip.

      Download the app for Android here, and for iOS here.

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        Carpooling.in

        This India-wide website allows you to login and set up regular carpools {to work and back} or casual carpools {one-off trips}, both within the city and to other cities.

        SRide

        That stands for social ride, if you’re wondering, and that’s what they hope to do – make ridesharing fun. The SRide app has a multi-level verification process in place that’s aimed at ensuring safer, more reliable rides. The app is also integrated with an online payment system, so you don’t have to hastily stop at the ATM if you’re low on cash.

        Download the app for Android here, and for iOS here.

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          BlaBlaCar

          This service works equally well over the web and its mobile app, allowing you to look for rides happening near you in the near future. It also gives you detailed information about the ride, such as the number of co-passengers, information about the driver’s credentials, and the car model. They’re suited as much to long-distance travels as to everyday commuting.

          Download the app for Android here, and for iOS here.

          CarPool & Rideshare

          This 6000-strong Facebook group works on a simple ask-and-you-shall-receive model. You’re sure to find co-travellers for daily trips and returns to the farthest reaches of the city. Bike-owners post here as well.

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