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Most used Ridesharing Apps

People become open-minded about climate protection and try to pay more attention to the environment. As a result, the own car is being questioned more and more often.
The fact that there are other ways of motorized transport besides public transportation is well known. In other words, Ridesharing is not a new concept.
But which driving service provider is the most common? And which Ridesharing App is the right one for me?

How does Ridesharing work?

The basic idea of carpooling/ridesharing was: a driver takes on passengers who are going the same direction as himself. Consequently cars with only one passenger are minimized and fuel costs can be shared.
But the reality is somewhat different: Most ridesharing companies operate like taxis. So an on-demand driver is sitting full-time in the car and waits to be booked via App. Therefore the only advantage of Ridesharing over taxis is: the costs are predetermined and transparent.

It was Uber to set this trend in motion. For deeper insights into the rapid rise of the ridesharing giant, we exclusively recommend York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s book Super Pumped

Calling a taxi via App.

Which company is most popular in which country?

As the map clearly shows, Uber is the absolute dominator of the world market.
In effect anyone who travels a lot in other countries of the world rides best with Uber.
The only exception is South East Asia. In fact here the market is way more ambivalent.
Although Grab is on the advance, DiDi and Ola are hot on the heels of the Singaporean company.

Uber dominates all but South-East-Asia.

Which App is most downloaded?

As you can already guess from the data on country density, Uber is also the undisputed leader in overall App-Downloads in Google Play Store – again followed by Grab.
But the fact that Ola is ranked 3rd is astonishing; since DiDi primarily serves the Chinese market, which is the most populated.
The further placements are: DiDa, Lyft, 99, GO-JEK, Yandex and BlaBlaCar.

Uber, followed by Grab.

Do you need an App?

Although Uber is designed for use as an App on smartphones, you can also access accounts and order a ride via the mobile website. In contrast, neither Grab, DiDi, nor Ola can be used without a smartphone – meaning without the App.

For Uber: no 
The other Apps: yes

Advantages of Ridesharing

Saves money: Ridesharing is cheaper then taxis. 

Reduces stress: Get transported from A to B without having to pay attention to traffic, look for a parking space and refuel constantly. 

Saves time: You can order a shared ride and don’t have to wait for public transport/search for a parking slot for your own car. 

Help the environment: Share a ride is a good oppurtunity to help mother earth. But there are a vast of other possibilities, if you want to do more for our environment. A very smart move is to reduce your need of energy.It helps you to achieve your goals and be a better human being. Lets save the planet!

Uber

Founded: March 2009
Headquarters: San Francisco, USA
Revenue in 2018: 11.270 billion US$
Downloads in Google Play Store: +500 million 

Top Ridesharing Apps

Available in: 65 countries and 700 cities
Daily rides: 17 million
Total rides: 10 billion
Drivers: 3.9 million
Last data from 2018

Large product range – most common options:
UberX: On demand driver, 1-4 people
UberPool: Carpooling into the same direction, door-to-door, max. 2 seats per request
Uber XL: Rides for groups up to 6 persons
Black: Professional drivers, black high-end cars
WAV: Wheelchair-accessible rides, in certain cities where available
For deeper insights into the rapid rise of the ridesharing giant, we exclusively recommend York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s book Super Pumped

Grab

Founded: June 2012
Headquarters: Singapore, Singapore 
Revenue in 2019: 2.8 billion US$
Downloads in Google Play Store: +100 million 

Top Ridesharing Apps

Available in: 235 cities and 8 countries
Daily rides: 46 million
Total rides: 2.5 billion
Drivers: 2.8 million
App downloads: 160 million
Last data from 2018

Most common options:
GrabBike: On demand scooter driver (some drivers take on 2 people, if you ask)
GrabCar: Rides for up to 4 persons
GrabShare: 3 minutes waiting time – shared door-to-door drive

Ola

Founded: December 2010
Headquarters: Bangalore, India 

Best Ridesharing Apps

Users: 150 million
Daily trips: 1.5 million
Yearly trips: 1 billion
Drivers: 1 million
Last data from 2018

Most common options:
Ola Auto: Rickshaw for up to 4 people
Ola Bike: On demand scooter for 1 person 
Ola Exec: Luxury car on demand
Ola Share: Shared ride for 2 passengers

DiDi

Founded: June 2012
Headquarters: Beijing, China

Top Ridesharing Apps

Users: 550 million
Daily trips: 30 million
Yearly trips: 10 billion
Available in: 400 cities
Drivers: 21 million
Last data from 2017

Most common options:
DiDi Express: Door-to-door rides for up to 4 persons
DiDi Express Pool: Shared drive for max. 2 people
DiDi Bus: Book a seat in a public bus
DiDi Car Rental: Rent a car
DiDi MiniBus: Transportation for 1 person between hotspots

99

Founded: 2012
Headquarters: São Paulo, Brazil
Downloads in Google Play Store: +50 million 

Best Ridesharing Apps

Users: 18 million
Drivers: 660.000
Last data from 2020

Gojek

Founded: October 2010
Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia
Downloads in Google Play Store: +50 million

Top Ridesharing Apps

Drivers: 2 million
Trips per minute: 3.860
Available in: 204 cities
Last data from 2019

Lyft

Founded: June 2012
Headquarters: San Francisco, USA
Revenue in 2018: 2 billion US$
Downloads in Google Play Store: +50 million

Top Ridesharing Apps

Users: 30 million
Drivers: 2 million
Total trips: 1 billion
Rides per day: over 1 million
Last data from 2017

Sources:

https://expandedramblings.com

last data from 12/2017

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