With Uber’s entry into the island, Jamaican technology company Aryvve is gearing up to create some disruptions in the virtual ride-hailing space with the launch of services in Kingston, St Andrew and Portmore.
Aryvve, whose travel and transportation app went live in the Corporate Area and Sunshine City on June 29, says the number of drivers signed up on its platform to offer service has met expectations.
The app to virtually hail a taxi has been available on the north coast since March 2020 and now has a total of approximately 100 licensed operators/drivers across the island.
Ray Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Aryvve said the ride-hailing app had successfully completed its test period on the north coast and the company thought it was timely to expand to the capital to cater primarily to locals.
“Aryvve facilitates the services of drivers who are regulated, licensed and insured to take passengers safely to and from their destinations, especially during this time of COVID-19 when persons wish to avoid crowded buses and taxis,” said Lee.
The features of the app include GPS tracking, which allows passengers to see where a booked driver is located in real-time, with a photograph of the driver.
Payment is cashless and is only accepted using either a debit or credit card. Aryvve also comes with a comment/review section on the app for passengers to rate each driver and passengers have the option to request any driver of their choice.
The drivers also benefit from features on the app, as there are alerts on the platform to remind them of expiry dates of registration, insurance, driver’s licence, certificate of fitness and Transport Authority permits.
Drivers with expired documents will be automatically suspended from offering their services via Aryvve. According to Lee, new passengers will benefit from a J$200 discount on rides costing J$1,000 or more up until September 30, by using the promo code: KINGSTON&PORTMORE.
What’s more, drivers will continue to have their annual subscription payments waived until the end of September 2021, after which they will be required to pay an annual subscription of US$100 or JS$15,000 effective October 1.
The Aryvve app is available to drivers and passengers in the Apple Store and the Google Play Store