Splyt claims it will offer savings on fares of up to 40% for any customer that chooses to share their journey with another passenger travelling on the same (or similar) route at the same time.
The company is offering a special introductory rate of 99p on all minicab rides for the first week of operation.
Splyt claims to be the first dedicated instant minicab-sharing app that affords passengers complete control over whether to accept or decline a share request. Splyt drivers manage incoming share requests via the Splyt app, which instantly calculates the current passenger’s saving and potential trip delay. These factors are communicated to the passenger, who then chooses whether or not to share the journey / fare.
Splyt share requests can be submitted at the outset of a journey or en-route and fares will only ever be split for the mutually shared portion of any journey.
Customers will be invited to share their Splyt experience following each journey by awarding the driver a rating of up to five stars. Every Splyt driver requires an average of four stars in order to take a Splyt booking, ensuring the highest level of service, customer satisfaction and passenger safety, the company says.
Founder and CEO, Philipp Mintchin said of the launch: “Splyt solves a real problem for the commuting public today. Public transport can be unreliable, inconvenient, pricey and time consuming, whilst the cost of travelling in taxis or solo in minicabs is too expensive for most. One of the biggest innovations in the minicab space today, Splyt launches at an exciting time with continued rapid growth in the sharing economy, which is reinventing all aspects of life. Our aim is for Splyt to reinvent how we travel, empowering users to share a private driver and providing private transport without the price tag.”
Available from Friday 10 April on iOS, and Android shortly after, the new Splyt App is free to download and free to use.