Due to vehicular congestion and to the usual MRT system disruption, more and more commuters find it easy to choose an alternative means of traveling via transportation network vehicle services (TNVS), which two foreign-owned companies like Grab, a Singapore-based technology company that offers ride-hailing, ride sharing and logistics services through its app; and Uber, a peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery, and transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California, with operations in 633 cities worldwide—have dominated the scene for quite some time. But when Uber announced its groundbreaking agreement to sell its ride-hailing operations to Grab in exchange for a 27.5% stake in Grab (which also includes Uber’s food delivery service, UberEats); hope is not bleak since a new Filipino-owned and operated firm called HYPE is raring start serving the Filipino commuters very soon.
The new TNC hopes to be part of a solution to the growing traffic problem[s] in the country.
Recently, on Thursday, April 26, Hype Transport Systems Incorporated, the newest member of transport network companies (TNCs) in the country is all set to serve the commuters in the Metro and eventually across the nation.
HYPE is not just all hype since it exists to live up to its values of Honest, Young, Professional and Enabling drivers (especially its accredited drivers and vehicles).
Though the capital city is facing a nightmare in traffic] situation based on an Inquirer.net article written by Cielito F. Habito it said: “This was the dire warning in the 2014 Roadmap for Transport Infrastructure Development for Metro Manila and Its Surrounding Areas prepared by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at the request of the National Economic and Development Authority. Total transport cost of Metro Manila road users was estimated then to be P2.4 billion per day, with another P1 billion added from the adjoining areas of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite (BRLC).”
Still commuters put premium on transportation because that’s how they get to their respective work, business or their usual activities from one place to the other. Convenience in getting to one point to another is vital. Thus, with Uber gone and Grab dominating the scene; it seems like a hopeless scenario for commuters. It means the daily struggle is back and unbearable, but with HYPE around—it may somehow provide an alternative means of getting rides, not just monopolized by Grab.
The HYPE app is ready for downloading on May 19 via Google Play for Android phones and App Store for IOS phones; but the public can use the app on May 28 right after its grand launch—the day prior.
The car service takes pride in a very low flat rate at Php40 as opposed to its current dominant TNVS. Riders can either pay cash, online, point-of-sales (POS) and QR codes. The company emphasized that their service will be strict on cancellations, which they would they are considering of charging Php50 for cancelled trips.
An SOS panic button is an interesting feature for this particular app especially when emergencies occur like lost items inside the vehicle or even offensive drivers. It also offers car pools.
Today, being a wholly-owned Filipino company, it promises to be friendly to both the Filipino riders and drivers. In the coming days after its launch—such service will be available nationwide as well. For more information about HYPE, visit its official website and facebook page, respectively.