Ever wanted to catch an Uber ride, but switched to a different rideshare app or caught a cab after being put off by major price surges?
A new app, Best Ride, aims to solve this problem by letting Aussies instantly compare real-time prices between rideshare providers.
The app claims to save users between $3 to $5 dollars every short ride, and as much as 50 per cent on long-distance rides.
72-year-old app founder and Australian entrepreneur Phil Lyons said Best Ride was conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic, where aversion for travelling via public transport was at an all-time high.
To better understand his target market, Lyons became an Uber and DiDi driver in 2019 and learned that price surges were a particular pain point for customers.
“I’ve driven everyone from the CEO of a major medical institute – where we had a long chat about in vitro fertilisation – to the CEO of a large chain of chicken restaurants,” he said.
He found that different rideshare apps were surging in various locations, making it difficult to easily check which rideshare option was offering the cheapest fare.
“The great thing about Best Ride is you can be sure it’s saving people money every time,” Lyons said.
“And even better still, the longer the trip, the more you save.”
However, using the app itself will cost you. The monthly subscription costs $5.99 a month for unlimited searches, or users can pay for a batch of four searches for $1.49.
The first five searches are free, and users who refer friends can get extra free searches.
The Best Ride app launched in December 2020 and has grown to nearly 10,000 users, and is available through Apple’s App store and Google Play.