Now that the trips are back on track, BlaBlaCar has introduced a new tool so that drivers can receive reservation requests once the trip has started. In this way, the vehicle space can be used to the maximum when picking up passengers who are passing through on the route.
This function, which they have nicknamed ‘Boost’, consists of a new technology that has meant more than 14,000 new meeting points in Spain And allows a connection of 90% of the more than 8,000 Spanish towns.
Through Boost, BlaBlaCar drivers will be able to find new passengers once the trip has started in municipalities that are passing through on the way. This new tool allows users to have more possibilities to find more travelers and optimize the route to the maximum.
According to the mobility company, since the end of the state of alarm, the possibility of finding passengers through the app has increased by 20%. However, BlaBlaCar assures that “85% of people do not live near a central transport hub”. Through Boost, the company has created new meeting points.
New functions to facilitate the use of shared cars
Despite the health crisis, BlaBlaCar continues to innovate. Beyond Boost, the platform has added three new features to make carpooling easier.
Now, drivers will be able to customize their route, to find new passengers during your trip. These trips can be exported to your GPS, to make it easier to pick up travelers.
Likewise, if the driver has a device with an iOS operating system to use the app, you can change it to dark mode, to save battery.
“During these months in which travel activity has been less, we have reinforced our work in innovation -explains Florent Bannwarth, director of operations of BlaBlaCar in Spain and Portugal-. Users are looking forward to traveling again and we are prepared to help our drivers find passengers even easier and achieve the maximum possible savings on their journeys.”.
Now that long-distance travel is allowed on the platform, there have been 50% increases in carpool bookings and the number is expected to grow. “With only two or three passengers inside the vehicle, the shared car ensures the user to reduce the number of people with whom to be in contact along the journey compared to other means of transportBannwarth said.
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