Yet an­other ride-share

The Press - - News - Michael Hay­ward

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’’.

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