Yet another ride-share
It’s had the run of ride-share in the city for years, but Uber has two new competitors in Christchurch after Zoomy hit the streets this week.
The New Zealand-based company had a soft launch on Wednesday – though it will have a limited supply of cars for the first couple of weeks as its operation ramps up.
It follows hot on the heels of Indian ride share giant Ola, which had its cars on the roads of the Garden City on Tuesday. It entered the Auckland and Wellington markets at the same time.
The new entries provide ride share users some alternatives to Uber, which has been the only service in Christchurch since its launch in March 2016.
It is likely to be good for drivers, who can sign up for all three companies, and customers, who will be able to choose the lowest fare at the time – but it is yet to be seen whether the Christchurch market is big enough to support all three companies long-term.
Zoomy is a New Zealand company which started in 2016. Chief executive James Fisk said the company was looking forward to ‘‘shaking things up in Christchurch’’.