Convenience and safety. These are the 2 primary reasons why most people nowadays are still using an app-based transportation services versus riding a regular cab.

Last Friday, app-based riding platform Grab officially launched their first on-demand commercial carpooling service, GrabShare. The introduction of GrabShare in the PH is simultaneous launch of GrabShare in Malaysia.

In an exclusive interview with Brian Cu, country head of Grab Philippines, “We are excited to bring GrabShare to Manila in response with the demand of our heavy Filipino commuters. Imagine the bulk of commuters that goes everyday from point A to B with full of discomfort and stressed. We are finding a solution to make transportation accessible to everyone and improve the lives of our drivers.”

When asked about their difference to other carpooling service apps, Cu stresses out, “Our difference is that we put value on safety and convenience of every passengers. This means that we only allow maximum of two passengers per bookings with similar routes into a single ride.”

“This is to ensure safety to passengers and you don’t have to worry on space with fellow commuters,” explained Cu.

Launched in Singapore in December 2016, the new carpooling solution of Grab is expected attract many riders in Metro Manila. “We are concentrating on the highest population density and Manila is no exemption,” said Cu.

“In provincial, we are also eyeing to start GrabShare in Cebu. Just like Manila, we see Cebu as one of important key market in our growth,” adds Cu.

The company shares 5 benefits of GrabShare to passengers. One is cheaper fares up to 30-percent than regular GrabCar; Two-you can ride with your friend per booking as long as they have the same pick-up and drop-off point; Three-maximum of two-stop guarantee (Passengers can expect no more than one additional drop-off during their ride); Four-Instant Booking (you can book a GrabShare ride on-demand from anywhere at any time); and Five-you can ride with peace of mind (All Grab rides are insured while drivers have gone through regular customer service training’s and a thorough application process).  

Currently, Grab offers services in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

*Photo Credit: Raymund Ravanera