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All-electric ride-hailing service extends its offering

Start-up Go360 claims to offer a unique ride subscription model to help people get to work and transit hubs faster and easier using employee drivers.

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The all-electric Go360 service is aimed at serving users in dense, urban areas
The all-electric Go360 service is aimed at serving users in dense, urban areas

Go360, a subscription-based ride-hailing company, has announced it is extending a service aimed at individuals requiring short rides from home to work or to connect to local transit hubs in Sacremento.

 

Aimed at serving users in dense, urban areas, Go360 uses all-electric Tesla vehicles in a first- and last-mile pooled model to provide consumers a better and faster way to travel.

 

Alpha riders

 

Go360 has been serving alpha riders (employees, family and friends) in a limited area in Sacramento since November 2019 and will be offering the ride-hailing service to the community.

 

Rides average $2.50 a time (up to four rides a day) with a monthly subscription. Go360 claims its all-employee drivers are always close by so the customer wait time is a maximum of five minutes.

 

The company has plans to expand to other Northern California cities – Davis, Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland – and eventually will roll out to other metro areas. Go360 has released a rider and driver app that allows its riders to use the service.

 

“Go360 is the future of on-demand transportation. We are committed to work with the power of public transit – creating a fully multimodal solution that gets people from home to transit hubs and back, so they can be the most efficient with their time,” said Sravan Puttagunta, CEO, Go360.

 

“First and last-mile pooling provides high-quality, affordable, and (because we use all-electric vehicles) green transportation options to riders. By keeping vehicles in a certain geographic area, Go360 optimises for filling cars and picking up and dropping off multiple passengers along dynamically computed routes, without incurring overhead. Our technology improves overall travel times while keeping costs affordable.”

 

For improved pooling efficiency, Go360 said it ‘blacklists’ high-traffic corridors, highways and on-ramps, allowing the routing algorithm to leverage the free flow of inner-city roads. This also increases the accuracy of the estimated trip times.

 

“Go360 is the future of on-demand transportation. We are committed to work with the power of public transit – creating a fully multimodal solution that gets people from home to transit hubs and back.”

 

It uses its Vision APIs to analyse camera data to generate information about traffic, curb management, pick-up and drop-off, to further increase the efficiency of its service. Long term, this infrastructure can be leveraged to power self-driving cars to operate in the same areas.

 

Predictable rides

 

According to Go360, while other on-demand ride services focus on oversupplying the market with drivers, it is investing in the quality of the drivers, the premium cars and providing more predictable rides. Go360 drivers are company employees – paid by the hour, not by the mile – and with no service fees.

 

As the company grows, it said it plans to scale its presence to “connect cities together in a better, more efficient way”.

 

“Since we are starting in the Sacramento area, Go360 wants to make life easier for super commuters like the 80,000 people who travel the 70 miles from Sacramento to the Bay Area every day. Our pooled rides feed people to rapid transit street cars and the subway. This improves the efficiency of all existing transportation systems, reduces traffic and helps the environment,” added Puttagunta.

 

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