BENGALURU: Comprehensive meta-search app Scoot enables users to compare cabs based on price, estimated time of arrival, surcharge and cab type.
With over 1,000 users a day, the three co-founders -- 23-year-old Aditya Bagmane from RV College of Engineering, 22-year-old Akshaan Nambiar from Symbiosis College of Media and Communication and 23-year-old Dhruv Kalro from Center of Management Studies -- believe that their app is revolutionary in the taxi aggregator space. They are looking at aggressively expanding brand presence.
They speak to City Express about the idea and their plans.
How the idea of Scoot came up
The idea behind Scoot App originated when Dhruv, a regular cab user, found it difficult to find a cab to suit his needs. Even though major service providers like Uber and Ola had apps, you had to switch from one to another. Then we realised the need for a consolidated platform to book the most suitable cab.
The latest offers from the aggregators can be viewed in the app’s offers section. Users can also get an estimate of the cost. After comparing, users can book cabs directly from the app.
Your revenue model?
Ours is a commission-based model; we get a cut for each ride booked using our platform. In the on-demand-cab section, we have tied up with Ola, Taxi For Sure, Uber, Easy Cabs, Halio (Europe and Asia), Kabee (UK) and Jugnoo. In the outstation and cab-rental segment, we have tied up with Clear Car Rental, Maksom Cabs and Aha Taxi, which will be launched later this month.
We want to reach 2 lakh downloads by January-end, and 5 lakh downloads by mid-2016.
We are currently present in 85 cities in India and three countries across the world. Since price and time are the two main factors to book a cab, we are looking creating a worldwide platform to cater to users’ needs.