Aussie-born startup ARBYs has been selected to be the first ride-sharing app to be launched in Austin.
Austin’s Ride Sharing application will be available to both ride-sharers and drivers starting this Friday.
ARBY CEO and co-founder, Nick O’Connell, says that Austin’s new app will be the most accessible and convenient ride-hailing platform for users.
“Ride sharing in Austin has been slow going,” O’Donnell said in a statement.
“It’s been a big deal to us that the city of Austin has made the move to an app.
It’s the first time that a major US city has built its own ride sharing platform.”
In Austin, we see an opportunity to offer an app that is both user friendly and convenient.
We’re building a platform that works well with Uber and Lyft, and has been working with our partners for the last six months to get the app ready.
“The app will provide ride sharing users with an option to select their preferred driver and allow the app to automatically upload a photo of the driver’s licence or driver’s tag to the smartphone.
Users will also be able to make and receive payments using a credit card or a debit card.
Users who wish to start using the app must first install the app on their smartphone.
Once installed, users will be able make and accept rides using either a mobile app or the ARBY app.
The ARBY team plans to allow users to reserve a driver on the app and then to start sharing rides in real time, allowing them to stay in touch with drivers and get the most out of the app.
Users can also add a ride to their “pool” for up to six rides at a time.
Once a ride has been booked, the user is able to cancel it using a simple swipe of their smartphone’s screen.
The ARBY App will be launched on iOS and Android phones on Thursday, March 12.
The company plans to roll out the app in Australia and New Zealand later this year.