New Ride-Share App Promises Better Deals Than Uber

New Ride-Share App Promises Better Deals Than Uber

It also plans to be cheaper than Uber by at least 5 percent (once its first month deal is over), and give a better deal to drivers, charging just 15 percent commission instead of the 20-30 percent charged by competitors. "Happy drivers means happy riders", says Samuel Raciti, the Australian country manager for Taxify. But now, the ride-share service has a new competitor to contend with. Worldwide ride-sharing service Taxify launched in Sydney today, and it's offering riders a 50% discount for the first month, in what may be the first serious challenge to Uber down under.

The app has already rolled out across Europe, Central America and afrcia - with around four million users across 20 countries. While Uber imposes them automatically, Taxify follows a more manual process with a local team member activating surge prices where they see demand. While the company expects prices to be "dependent on the night", it's not anticipating anything greater than a 1.5 times increase, even on popular days such as New Year's Eve.

So far, over 4,000 drivers have registered.

The app looks quite similar to Uber.

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Taxify already has over 4000 drivers in "vibrant and exciting" Sydney, and they're coming for "dynamic, yet cosmopolitan" Melbourne next week.

Significantly, the company is also taking a much smaller commission from drivers, which means Taxify drivers earn more (Taxify takes a 15% cut of fares, while Uber now takes 20-25%).

Sydneysiders are being offered a 50 percent discount on rides for one month. However, the same base fares, minimum fares and service fees apply.

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