Taxify – changed its name to Bolt to provide taxis and e-scooters both, you too can provide multiple transport options under a single app
Posted on March 9, 2019 By Ankit Virani
Taxify is a ride-hailing company which previously provided private cars for their customers. They have rebranded the company as Bolt and are now planning to enter the electric scooter rental business.
Story of Taxify
When CEO and Co-founder, Markus Villig was just 19 years old he wanted to start in the tech industry. Convincing the drivers to sign up for a new service was a tough job but Markus with his older brother and co-founder Martin was trying to get his startup Taxify to pick up the pace. While telling the story of Taxify, he recalls it took him several weeks to convince his parents to grant him the money that was kept for his education.
Bolt (Taxify) aims to bring fast and accessible transport to millions of people worldwide along with helping thousands of drivers support their families.
Today, Taxify is the biggest rival of Uber and other ride-hailing companies across the world. It is supported by Didi and Daimler and has raised $175 million in funding led by Daimler in the year 2018. This took its valuation to $1 billion.
Taxify to Bolt
Taxify changed its name to Bolt, which it has been using for its new electric scooter service to provide both the services – taxi service and e-scooter rental service under the same name. According to an article in TechCrunch, they have changed the name as the company started talks about another fundraising round. The CEO explained that he was sure that the future is all about electric vehicles and wanted a name that suggested the same. At the same time Bolt also means speed.
Locations of Bolt
Taxify basically is a ride-hailing company from Estonia. It is active in around 30 countries and more than 100 cities across the world. Some of the countries where Bolt is currently active are Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, Iraq, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
The has more than 25 million users and here is the report by sensortower about the last month downloads. Taxi ranks second after Uber in terms of downloads in Europe.
Bolt’s strategy to conquer the market that you too can also use
Unlike Uber, Bolt has never tried for global domination and never spent so much over launching aggressively to gain first-mover advantage. In fact, they have done the opposite. Markus believes that being the late entrant in the business can prove advantageous for him. In the future, they are planning to partner other players with self-driving technology in the future. As of now, they are investing in trying to provide multiple-service rather than self-driven cars.
Features of Bolt Taxi app and Electric scooter app which you can include in the Bolt clone app or Taxify clone app
Here is how you can request a ride with the Bolt app:
» Open and set your destination
» Request a driver for pickup
» Check your driver’s arrival in real-time
» Enjoy the ride
» Pay in-app or in cash
Bolt app features that you can include in the Bolt clone app:
» See the ride estimate, and know how much you will be charged in advance.
» Set your pickup location even if you don’t know the exact address from where the driver should pick you up.
» You can rate your driver and the service.
» You can add your credit card to your account and receive the receipt in your email after each ride.
Working of the Bolt scooter
To use Bolt electric scooter, you need to switch to the scooter mode in the app.
» You can find the nearest Bolt electric scooter on the street through the Bolt app.
» Scan the personal QR code in your Bolt app to unlock the Bolt scooter.
» Ride the e-scooter.
» Once you reach your destination, end the ride using the app and park the electric scooter safely.
Bolt wants everyone to follow the safety rules:
» They encourage the riders to bring helmets to stay safe while riding and follow the traffic rules.
» The scooters should only be driven on bike lanes. The rider should pedestrians on sidewalks. They also encourage not to leave the scooters out of the city zones.
» The scooters should not be parked on the public pathways. They should be parked by the racks when available.
You too can make a two in one – taxi and electric scooter app.
The ride-hailing services are at the peak of success. There is without a doubt, a lot of scope in both the businesses. If you are in the transport business, instead of developing a taxi app or e-scooter app differently, you can develop a Bolt clone app to serve both your purposes and reach millions of customers across the world who wish to opt for an on-demand taxi or e-scooter.
Coruscate has a team of researchers who are always up-to-date with the new technologies and features that can be added to your taxi booking app and e-scooter app. When you come to us with a query, one of the members of our research team along with the business analyst and the developer understand your requirements in detail and then suggest you the best possible solution for your business. We believe in not just delivering the project but growing together. We have developed more than 50 apps for ride-hailing services including electric scooter apps and taxi apps. You can request a free demo through our contact us form.
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