Baxi – The Bike Taxi Startup to Launch in Gurgaon
Haryana, India | Red Newswire | Nov 30, 2015 Last Updated at 09:00 PM IST.
Gurgaon is another traffic – cluttered city. Motorcycle or bike taxis might be the best way to commute through the crowdy streets.
From this month onwards, Haryana will be counted as the second state to offer motorcycle taxi service after Goa. This has paved the way for launch of other services that might offer a better mode of convenience to the passengers which is speedy and affordable.
This taxi service can be availed at a fixed rate with a press of a button your smartphones. They can also be seen parked at bike taxi stands with the driver in uniforms. Passengers are also offered hair caps and helmets and also wet wipes to fresh up your face after ride. What more? This service comes with an insurance cover too in case there happens an accident. All this will save passengers from haggling with cycle or auto rickshaws.
According to experts this move could inspire other states like Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai to follow the same. This would further boost the confidence of similar taxi services in other countries to enter Indian market, like GrabTaxi of Singapore and Go-Jek in Indonesia.
The global motorcycle taxi market is estimated to be of $500 billion according to the estimates from World Moto Inc. – a company that manufactures bike taxi meters. Some local companies have already raised funds. However, now raising large amounts is difficult since venture capitals are already being approach by popular taxi – hailing services like Uber and Ola.
Baxi is backed up by 74 BC Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Has got the permission for launching bike taxi services. It provides a technological platform connecting people who travel from bus stops and metro stations to their homes, colleges and offices.
Ashutosh Johri, CEO of Baxi said, “For a personalized pickup and drop, a daily commuter has to pay at least Rs.50 to an auto-rickshaw. With a bike, we are trying to offer a Rs.20 personalized pickup and drop ride.”
Presently Baxi has managed to register 100 bikes. The passenger can enter the pick up and drop location through the smartphone app. For people using feature phones, Baxi provides the option of token number. Users have the option to pay in cash, credit or wallets.
The service will be launched this Tuesday. The users will be charged Rs. 10 for first 1 kilometer and Rs. 4 for conclusive kilometer. Johri said that the company is looking forward to raise $15 million.