Bengaluru Auto Unions To Launch Mobile Apps To Counter Ola, Uber

In a move to counter app-based aggregators Ola and Uber, the auto drivers of Bengaluru are planning to launch their own mobile  applications.

The Autorickshaw Union (ARDU) and Nandan Nilekani-backed Beckn Foundation plan to launch the Namma Yatri app on November 1.

According to the Times of India, ARDU President D Rudramurthy said,  "App-based aggregators charge Rs 100 minimum fare from customers and give Rs 60 to drivers and take the remaining Rs 40 as commission."

Drivers are to ply for Rs 40. After they hiked the fares, there was a drop in customers by 50-60%

We are losing customers. Now only those who want to travel for emergencies and those without vehicles are forced to pay this rate.

He said they complained to the transport department but there's been no action against aggregators yet.

"Our union plans to launch the Namma Yatri app from November 1."

We'll follow the government-fixed fare and collect an additional Rs 10 as pick-up charges.

We also plan to launch a flat Rs 40 fare in 2km radius between Metro stations & residence/office.