A few days ago, I was wondering UberPOOL in my post after Uber launched UberFamily in Jakarta. Guess what? Yesterday they had just launched that officially in Jakarta. As for as I know, carpooling is already common in Jakarta which usually called ‘Omprengan’.
What is UberPOOL?
Usually named as car pooling or ride sharing between users to similar track. Pay attention! Uber would share your ride to other passenger on SIMILAR track, not the same exact pickup point and exact destination. This would be the benefit over local application which named as Nebengers.
So instead of having 2 cars from and to exact destination, two Uber riders could sharing their ride into 1 car only. Uber would do matching your route to other passenger. By having this feature, cost is cheaper (up to 25%) than using UberX on the same route.
You may refer to official Uber website for more information about UberPOOL in Jakarta.
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How to use UberPOOL?
Now, tell us about Nebengers!
As far as I know, this is actually a local community in Jakarta which was previously using Twitter (@nebengers) as medium for ride sharing platform. Recently it just launched its application on Android and iOS about 1 month ago. Remember that Nebengers is a ‘pure crowdsource’ ride sharing platform which really decentralised. Application is made to make it easier and better platform for the community.
What is the benefit and downside of both?
Uber: Ride sharing on similar track and cashless payment
UberPOOL would share your ride with other passenger on similar track, not the same exact pickup point and destination. Also it provides cashless payment which is my main reason why I chose Uber over taxi. But it has also downside compared to Nebengers.
Nebengers: Unlimited area and also unrestricted cost
While Uber is still limited to Jakarta are, Nebengers is not. Probably Uber is going to have broader range but still limited to some area. For Nebengers, community could offer ride sharing between provinces which would be very useful when doing Mudik (going home on Eid Mubarak holiday).
The other benefit using Nebengers is sometimes cost from a person who offer ride sharing is cheaper even FREE.
Sooo which platform you would choose?
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