One lets you self-drive, and another helps you share a ride – travel better with these services
That technology has a major role to play when it comes to making our lives convenient is no mystery. And with traffic woes only increasing in Bengaluru, it is only a matter of time that young professionals leave their cars at home, and begin to share transport. And this is where these two companies come into play:
offering, Myles lets you hire a car, self-drive it within or outside your city and return it after an hour, a day, weeks or even a month. Register on its app or website by uploading your photo and address ID. Visit the nearest Myles outlet, show your driving license and after a quick demo of the car by the executives, the key is yours. In fact, each outlet has 34-plus models, be it a hatchback, SUV or even a luxury Mercedes. That means, you can drive a different car every day for 30 days! Currently, there are 250 Myles car pick-up points across 21 Indian cities; 50 in Bengaluru and 20 in Chennai. Myles cars will soon be delivered to your doorsteps. Sakshi Vij, founder and CEO of Myles, says, “This is operational in Gurgaon and NCR region. We shall roll it out in Bengaluru.” And, the cost? Well `900 for taking your date out in a Merc or `6,000 for doing a Delhi-to- Kanyakumari expedition in a Nano does sound like a great deal. The fuel is on you though. Details: mylescars.com
Even though the concept of car pooling is yet to
become a grand success in India, used mostly to
commute to office or drives to airports, French company BlaBlaCar decided to step up the game and entered India in January. What it does is allow you to share your car with strangers for inter-city rides. So if you plan to drive down to Chennai from Bangalore, for instance, sign up on blablacar.in with your Facebook account. This will be followed by a verification of your email ID and phone number. The latest security measure requires you to add your LinkedIn account as well. Then you can post your travel itinerary, number of car seats you can rent out and for how much, and, wait for messages from other Chennai-bound travellers. Who does the maths of fuel-sharing? Raghav Gupta, India head of BlaBlaCar, tells us, “We suggest price bracket for a particular ride, after considering the car model, cost of the fuel, insurance and maintenance.” The website and app also lists out reviews of car owners and passengers for reference.