Barely after 24 hours of receiving $120M B series funding, Opay, an opera-founded payment startup launched another car-hailing service. The newest service is called OCar and it can be accessed through the OPay’s mobile. The OCar comes with dua services; it will operate as a ride-hailing and ride-sharing service. The service at the start will be available at eight major cities in Nigeria which are Lagos, Owerri, Portharcourt, Abuja, Benin, Kaduna, Abeokuta and the second-largest city in Africa, Ibadan.
So far, the service has only been activated in Lagos.
OCar’s decision of dispatch areas allude to an endeavor to contend with Estonia-claimed ride-hailing organization Bolt (formerly Taxify) which likewise has a nearness in similar states (barring Kaduna and Abeokuta, where privately established first-mover, Pickup works) and all the more as of late Calabar and Akwa Ibom capital, Uyo.
American-claimed Uber, in any case, has a nearness in just Lagos, Benin and Abuja. A dependable source uncovered to Techpoint that not at all like the organization’s allegedly stopped undertaking, OBus, which began with marked transports and in-house drivers, OCar will work an outsider plan of action — much like its adversaries Uber and Bolt.
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OCar is the most recent expansion to OPay’s suite of services, including OFood, ORide, OList, OTrike, and OBus, in its race to turn into a super application.
As its industry-standard work on, planning OCar drivers are to join with their autos on the stage, get checked and certify before onboarding. Yet, at that point, a couple of inquiries emerge. What might be done another way to address conceivable driver offense always detailed about different stages? Is OPay ready to take additional measures in preparing its drivers?
OCar has one similitude with Bolt, in that it charges drivers a 15% commission while Uber keeps up its 25% rate. With this, it is conceivable that OCar’s excursion passages would fall inside Bolt’s range. However, there’s a higher possibility that the previous would incorporate a ton of impetuses, as has been the standard with sister stages, ORide and OTrike. All these points to perhaps even lower passages on OCar.
Truth be told, OPay claims that the 15% commission decreases to 3% after drivers include completed 20 excursions inside that week. This and the ₦200 ($0.55) per trip promotion may potentially make an enormous move of drivers and clients the newcomer.
Regardless, a focused go head to head with first-comer Uber, and Bolt as far as valuing and commission can’t be ignored. In any case, to what extent these remaining parts isn’t guaranteed. As of late, an OPay operator affirmed to Techpoint, following a grievance of high toll charges, that the startup has ended rewards for ORide on the stage.
In spite of the fact that OPay’s arrangements to convey its as of late gained assets into scaling, extension, and improvement of much of the time utilized administrations on the stage, it isn’t sure if OPay expects to fit OCar into a similar space with the preferences ORide, OFood, broadcast appointment and utility installments. The last is a greater amount of ordinary touchpoints for the normal Nigerian, instead of autos which are seen an extravagance.
TechPoint connected with OPay for explanations on the OCar plan of action however as of press time, we are yet to get an official reaction.