DEARBORN – Developers of a new ride-share service announced the launch of its first national test in the metropolitan Detroit market. Zoom Ride is expected to begin providing services in early January 2020.
Detroit will be the first market to test the new ride-share service that will be launched in five U.S. cities in the first year.
In direct competition with Uber Technologies and Lyft Line, founders Bilal Hashwi, chairman, Basel Yasin, CEO say Zoom Ride will fill gaps in the current ride-share marketplace by improving customer and driver safety and increasing income for drivers.
“Metro Detroit is an excellent market to test our ride-share service where there is so much room for expansion,” Yasin told drivers. “A 2018 study showed that 35 percent of Americans now use ride-sharing – up 240 percent in three years. The ride-share market is expecting a 10 times increase in the next decade especially in areas like Detroit where services are underutilized. Currently 67 percent of the Detroit market has never used a ride share. Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago drivers have seen the largest growth in rider services and increases in driver wages.”
Unique driver and customer safety programs will be key to Zoom Ride’s success. The Zoom app has more than 10 functions not available by its competitors. For instance, the app will display photos of both the driver and the passenger as an additional safety precaution. Work is underway to utilize video monitoring in vehicles and based on requests from women passengers there will be an opportunity for women to request a female driver for added comfort and security. Elite services including programs for the elderly and children are expected to be added in the first 12 months as well.
“There are many reasons Zoom Ride will thrive in the industry. The uniqueness of our services and safety measures supersedes what is currently offered in the market. Zoom Ride will change local residents’ views of ridesharing and be a lifestyle choice for metro Detroiters in the future.” Hashwi said.
Zoom Ride is headquartered in Dearborn and can be found online at MyZoomRide.com.