The Australian rideshare space continues to heat up, with Indian player Ola this week launching in Sydney and local offering GoCatch announcing its plans to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in June ahead of a listing on the ASX.
Estonia-founded rideshare company Taxify has launched in Australia, naming Zomato’s former head of growth and partnerships, Samuel Raciti its local country manager.
Splend, a company which hires out cars to those wanting to join the ranks of rideshare drivers, has received backing from Investec Australia.
Australian ridesharing service GoCatch has today announced its passengers will be able to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points when completing a journey. The new point system is part of the startups focus on providing better transport experience.
The Victorian government is moving to regulate ridesharing, with Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announcing that she will be working with Sex Party leader Fiona Patten to develop a framework for rideshare services that “works for Victoria”.
Australian on-demand ridesharing startup GoCatch has announced David Holmes as new CEO as cofounder and former CEO Ned Moorfield departs for new opportunities in the US.
The South Australian Government has announced that it is regulating ridesharing services, giving the go ahead to startups like goCatch and Uber to offer their services as of July 1.
Australian taxi booking startup goCatch has thrown its hat into the ring against Uber, today unveiling its new rideshare offering goCar for passengers in Sydney’s CBD, inner west, and eastern suburbs. Integrated into the goCatch taxi app, the new service will be virtually identical to UberX, with the key difference being that goCar will use a peak and off-peak pricing structure rather than surge pricing.
The taxi industry has received severe backlash thanks to years of poor customer service and PR campaign disasters – the Victorian Taxi Association had a shocker just last week with their #YourTaxi campaign. Knowing they’re working in an industry where you either drown or swim, taxi booking and payments app goCatch has unveiled its new branding in order to compete with the sharks.
While many are now Uber devotees, others have tried the service and decided it’s not for them. John Sajadi is one of them. While running a hire car business, he decided to try his hand at driving for Uber. Through both these experiences he saw first-hand the issues that passengers and drivers were facing and decided to solve them with a new app called TickToc
Just two days after the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) suspended the vehicle registrations of 40 Uber X drivers, the Australian Capital Territory government has announced that it is set to legalise and regulate the service ahead of its launch in the city in October.
Ernst & Young has become the first company to trial a new corporate solution from taxi booking and payments startup goCatch that will allow organisations to easily charge staff travel back to a single business account.
Global giant Uber and Aussie startup goCatch are the two dominant players in taxi-tech in Australia, battling it out for supremacy in our capital cities. We put the two big players, Uber and goCatch, to the test to see how they stack up. [Source: TheHipPocket]
Yesterday, the news was confirmed and broke by Fairfax. goCatch had indeed closed a $4.5 million round of funding, although a press release distributed last night said the capital raise was sitting at $5 million.
If you have made the observation that the same thing is happening again in the transport space – you would be right. It’s not just an Australian war though, it’s a world war – against UBER or more specifically their UBER X services. It is also somewhat a phenomenon, it’s not often you see private industries stage massive protests where they grid lock the traffic in major cities around the world.