Chandigarh: A city startup recently announced the first of its kind e-cab service in tri-city of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali, as women safety have become a rising concern in the city. The all-new service is the first of its kind service offer wherein dedicated women drivers for women commuters will be present. The e-cab service will become operational from August 15, 2018. The start-up has also offered free rides to women commuters on the launch day.
Rajat Luthra, Director Operations, Future Fiacre Pvt Ltd, said: “Our services will not just rely on technology but also provide comfortable travel to women passengers who will be driven only by women, which will further ensure extra security to them”.
“Women travellers will be able to book a women-only cab using the mobile application. However, to ensure the earnings of women drivers, they will be allowed to pick up couples during daytime till 6 pm in the evening, after which they will be able to pick women passengers only” Luthra added.
The mobile app has been designed in such a manner that women driver only get request from female passengers, which is based on the profile created while registering on the app. If the women driver feel suspicious or find out that a male member has booked the ‘only woman cab’ then driver can cancel the booking anytime.
“Future version of app will have SOS feature for extended security for women cab driver as well as the passengers, by just click SOS button an emergency message will be flashed to user or driver`s family and to our control room from where we can intimate about the situation to the police,” said Avinash Sharma, director.
He said that the new service is all set to add to competition among the existing cab service providers in the city by offering lowest per kilometre charges as compared to other players in the industry. After Chandigarh the cab service will be introduced in New Delhi, followed by Mumbai, Kota and Surat.