A technology firm that develops transportation booking Applications, IWorld Transit Services Limited on Sunday launched the first indigenous transportation app in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the app tagged Soole can be downloaded via Apple stores, Google playstore and the company’s website: www.soole.com.ng, and enables commuters to have access to any class of cab at their door steps.
The Group Managing Director of the firm, Mr. Chalres Ojo told the audience, including representatives of the Lagos State Taxi Drivers’ Association, that the aim was to further decongest roads in Lagos City.
The App operates under the following categories; Taxi/Cab, Ride-sharing, Shuttle and Charter services.
The Ride Sharing service, which is also known as Car-pooling is unique. It allows professionals in Lagos Metropolis to commute on weekdays from home to work and vice versa in a secure environment and provides the opportunity to network and form an exclusive community.
The collaborative ride would also save the cost of fueling, wear and tear of vehicle and the stress of driving in the city.
According to Ojo, this is the best thing that can happen to professionals.
“The app is linked to over 400 trained taxi drivers in Lagos State. It is adapted to our Cab operations, It is not metered, hence no surprises. It is based on negotiation, which makes it favourable for both driver and passenger.
“The services are not charged per hour and all payment for now is made electronically through the app. This alone authenticates the services and the status of the driver.
“The over 400 cabs under the Taxi/cab services can be located in any part of Lagos State. “The app shows you the driver’s details. All registered drivers are screened and identified with their various parks. “We are starting operations with Lagos, but in due course, the services will be extended to Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Abuja and other major cities in Nigeria.
“The cabservice covers every Nigerian, it is offered in standard, deluxe and executive categories. Irrespective of class, the firm observed at any point in time, over 10 million Lagosians move for various reasons in the state,” he said.
He stressed that the firm was working with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to expand the services with more cabs.
Mr. Taiwo Omole, General Secretary of the Lagos State Taxi Cab Association, said that the indigenous app was long overdue.
Omole reiterated that over 400 members of the association had been trained on the use of the app, adding that each of the drivers belonged to the over 287 taxi parks in the state.
He assured commuters of safety and jolly ride to their various destinations.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion are Mrs. Omolara Kareem, who represented the Managing Director, LAMATA, Mr. Afolabi Tinubu, Managing Director, Primero Transport Services Ltd, Mr. Tokunbo Salami, Chairman, IWorld Financial Services Ltd and Mr. Oluwafemi Adedayo, Deputy Road Commandant, FRSC, Lagos State, who stood in for the Sector commandant.