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Bangladesh’s first carpooling app ZigZag Car to serve long distance

ZigZag Car, a carpooling platform, is a way to share a car with other passengers who are travelling in the same direction

Update : 11 Sep 2022, 04:49 PM

Bangladesh is getting its first ever app-based carpooling service to serve long-distance passengers.

ZigZag Car, a carpooling platform, is a way to share a car with other passengers who are travelling in the same direction. So, instead of four people driving four cars, a car can be shared with the others, reads a press release.

By carpooling, the passengers can take three cars out of the road. The concept is very simple, but the effect it has on reducing traffic congestion and carbon dioxide is significant.

From the Middle East to India, the online carpooling service is coming to the forefront when green activists have been advocating for less use of cars for protecting the earth from the greenhouse effect.

Officials of the platform claimed that the service will connect the drivers and passengers on the same routes by navigating the global positioning system (GPS) on its artificial intelligence-powered mobile app. 

The car will pick up the passenger from his location and drop him at the destination without any hassle of searching vehicles midway.

ZigZag Car Co-Founder and CEO KM Aminur Rahman said the digital platform will allow users to experience premium mobility on fixed routes prior to reserve and in-app payment.

“The app will verify the driver and passenger digitally and connect themselves with social links to know each other as a community practice. The app will lead to the best practices of automobiles in a sustainable way,” he said.

From the beginning, the app-based service pledged insurance coverage for drivers and passengers.

How ZigZag App works

Zigzag Car is enabling the drivers and passengers to go on the same route. For example, a Chittagong-bound person, X can post his trip schedule on Zigzag Car’s App.

And person A, B, and C, who want to ride along the same route, will share the ride and split the cost. The Zigzag Car plays a matchmaker between passengers and drivers in a similar way.

Zigzag Car is building innovation in a way that enabled the ridesharing revolution to take off. 

With smartphones, people can now offer or book seats on the go. With user profiles and social networks, people can get to know each other online before meeting en route.

The co-founder of ZigZag Car dreams to develop a mobility tech from Bangladesh which will serve the global arena in near future, leveraging local talent pools.

The number of private passenger cars stood at 394.09 thousand and 113.53 thousand microbuses were registered till August this year, according to Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).


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