Here is an idea juu sioni skuile nitapata pesa niunde.
A willing buyer and willing seller TAXI App.
I know the market is flooded with these apps. My idea here is that both the rider and driver be allowed to set prices before a ride.
The drivers can set a fixed fare per kilometre that varies. Let’s say I’m going from Timbuktu to CBD. I open the app and see a couple of cabs around me. Also, the car models are displayed along (or somewhere on the screen) driver set prices. Sort of bidding.
Cab A has set kes/km @35bob (Allion)
Cab B has set kes/km @30bob (Fielder)
Cab C has set kes/km @25bob (Fit)
Cab D has set kes/km @33bob (Honda Insight)
So the rider may be feels like going to pick up my gashugua with a Fit is embarrassing. So he picks A, B, or D.
Or may be it’s just a casual ride to go shopping. Not in Millennial mode. He picks Cab C.
Once the rider selects a cab the price is locked and the driver cannot revise it hadi trip iishe or they decide to cancel it.
May be the prices are good but not that good to have the car the rider wants. So riders are also allowed to place a price and request a ride.
From the example above. The guy decides to bid price @28bob/km and makes a request. So all drivers nearby are alerted that there’s a guy that needs a cab @28bob/km.
Driver A aone siwes mek. Same case for Driver B. Driver C ajiamini and makes a request to be the rider at that rate. Driver D aone pia he can do with that. Hybrid manenos and makes a request too.
So the rider gets to select and decides to go with Driver D.
Once the rider selects the driver, the price is locked and cannot be revised until end of the trip or they cancel the trip.
Rider example 2
Well let’s say the rider has set the price @28bob/km and requests a ride. Well the drivers can make counter offers. So Driver A might counter with @32bob/km, Driver B and D @29bob/km.
Rider aone haithuru ammue kuenda na Driver A.
The idea here is to address the issue of cab drivers going on strike mara kwa mara. Oooh sijui price iko chini. Ooooh sijui tumetupwa. Ooooh ooooh sijui mafuta na tax etc
Also, user charges of using the app should not be charged on the driver only. Both rider and driver should share the cost.
If the fee is 20% then let the rider and driver share 50:50.
The app can be flexible to allow drivers and riders to adjust per minute rate. But that might bring a lot of confusion. So the company can lock all other areas (company sets the rates for locked metrics) and open up the bidding feature on price per KM.
This can be a great idea for @Eddie2018 to present it to Telkom pursue it further. But naona Safaricom wakidandia.