BlablaCar launches iPhone app to help travellers share journeys and save moneyTweet
BlablaCar, Europe’s largest ridesharing platform, today announces the launch of its mobile app for iPhone users. The app, which is free to download, connects drivers who have spare seats with paying passengers, allowing travellers to save money on travel costs.
The BlablaCar app is available to download today from the iTunes store and encourages a savvy, sustainable and social new way to travel across the UK and Europe.
Main features of the app include:
Drivers post a trip: Post a trip, whether it’s a one-off journey, weekly trip or daily commute then add the number of available seats and price per passenger.
Passengers find a ride: Choose from thousands of posted trips then contact drivers going where you want to go and share their ride.
Contact other travellers quickly and easily: Message for free or call the person you want to share a ride with.
Rate your fellow travellers: Rate the people you have shared a ride with to let the community know how it went. This helps to build a trustworthy and transparent community.
BlablaCar is the world’s fastest growing and most active community of its type, with one billion miles collectively shared and over eight million passengers transported, more than half of which has happened in the last 12 months. The site offers more than one million empty seats every month and has 1.7m members including 400,000 drivers. Trips posted range from long distance trips across Europe to daily commutes.
To ensure the quality of the matching between drivers and passengers, the website displays members’ preferences: smoking or not, animals accepted in the car or not, and so on. Members also specify how “chatty” they are by choosing either “Bla”, “Blabla” or “Blablabla”; hence the name BlablaCar.
Being able to find and arrange road trips from your mobile makes it an even more convenient choice for drivers wanting to reduce the cost of motoring and for passengers looking for a cheaper alternative to the train. With the cost of travel spiralling continuously upwards, it makes sense to save money by making use of car seats going spare.
Nicolas Brusson, co-founder of BlablaCar