Moovn is learning from Uber and Lyft’s mistakes.
While extremely popular, Uber doesn’t have the most squeaky clean reputation. From disrupting taxi unions’ agreements with cities, rider discrimination, driver mistreatment and lax sexual assault policies, the company has become one of the most controversial apps on your phone.
Things hit a fever pitch when President Trump signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim countries from temporarily entering the US. Protests broke out at major international airports across the country. The New York taxi drivers’ union organized a strike against pickups at JFK airport to protest Trump’s Muslim ban.
A few hours later, Uber announced it was turning off surge pricing to JFK, which some saw as a profiteering way to break the taxi driver union strike. Though Uber later argued it hadn’t meant to profit off the protests, this?—?combined with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s place on Trump’s new business council?—?was the last straw for many Uber users, who proceeded to boycott the company.
If you’re thinking about switching to Lyft, you’re out of luck there, too. While their CEO publicly denounced the ban and the company pledged to donate $1 million to the ACLU, one of their investors still has ties to Trump. Carl Icahn, of Icahn Capital, is a vocal Trump supporter and newly appointed special advisor to the administration. His company is on Lyft’s board, too.
So now that Uber is #cancelled, how can you get a ride home?
Enter Moovn, the ride-share app learning from all of Uber and Lyft’s mistakes.
Tanzanian-born Godwin Gabriel has “always been looking for an opportunity to do something that would economically uplift the lives of people in [his] native continent of Africa.” Through working in the hospitality industry and business school, he found ride app services were the way of the future. In Tanzania, taxis can be difficult to find because you have to go to certain areas to hail them. Gabriel also took notice of the problems Uber was having in the American market and wanted to make something better.
After teaching himself to code while in business school and creating a basic beta, Gabriel hired a team of developers to help him make Moovn. He launched it in Seattle, and it’s since spread to nine cities in the US and four more in the Middle East and Africa. As one of the first app-based ride services in African markets?—?where mobile devices dominate?—?Moovn is literally changing people’s everyday lives.
Moovn’s features make it more than just an Uber replacement. You can:
- Order in the app OR on desktop through their website
- Pre-order rides for specific scheduled times
- Order any type of transport?—?from bikes and rickshaws to a luxury car
Is Moovn not in your area? Try these #DeleteUber alternatives instead:
- Gett: With no surge pricing, classy black cars, and rideshare lines through major cities, Gett is a great option, too. You can pre-schedule rides up to two weeks in advance, and it’s available in more than 44 cities worldwide.
- Via: A personal favorite, this rideshare app uses an algorithm to pick up and drop off within two blocks of your location and destination for shared rides in large town cars. It’s super cheap in NYC, and is now available in Chicago and DC. They’ve also pledged to provide legal help and support to their drivers in response to the Muslim ban.
- Juno: Currently in the final stages of its beta (where every ride is 10% off!), this is a New York favorite, created by mistreated Uber drivers.
- See Jane Go: While only in Orange County, CA, right now, this awesome service makes rides for women safer by allowing only female drivers and riders.
- Arro: This app is directly integrated with yellow cabs to support your city’s taxi drivers, but give you the convenience of an Uber-like service.
- Curb: Also uses taxis like Arro.
We know sometimes it’s easier to just pull out the app you’re most familiar with and call it a day. Maybe Uber is the only service available in your area, or you use an Amazon Echo to order your rides or you get an Uber discount through another service. But tech companies listen to users. It’s time for all of us to speak out?—?and money talks.