28. July 2014–
Starting off in 2010, waymate offered a booking service for trains, busses, and planes. Soon, the team realized that short distance (inner city) transportation is a completely different problem – and a different business case. After calling it “Waymate local” in the beginning, it was later named “Allryder”.
Though there is already a good number of transportation apps out there, Maxim Nohroudi (CEO) and his co-founders Dr. Tom Kirschbaum and Stefan Kellner think they and their 24 employees can do it better.
While they are currently selling ad space in the app, the CEO says that in the future they will come up with “unique ideas” on how to monetize he is not ready to share yet. Sitting down with VentureVillage, he did however share how Allryder differs from competitors, spoke about upcoming features and where he sees the app in three years from now.
Competition and future features
Allryder covers multiple cities across Germany and Ireland as well as Vienna instead of being limited to one and offers more transportation options (including rental bikes, car2go, DriveNow,…) than most of the other, mostly local public transportation apps. These features are helpful to those who travel a lot as they don’t have to switch between apps when arriving in a new city.
Also, Allryder offers a personalized experience, meaning users can save e.g. their home and work addresses to ease the search process.
Although many known competitors may have similar features, none of them offers all of them, Nohroudi explains.
While the focus was first clearly on getting the app technically running, features such as a live display of departing lines near the user and saving favorite routes have just been added with the last update.
Currently, Allryder is working on a push notification tool to remind users of a chosen trip coming up. Users of GoogleNow already enjoy this feature: The tool informs users when to get going to be on time for their ride.
The data used for this feature are the same that public transportation services use for their own apps – ”Though it’s not always real-time, it’s the best data available,” says Nohroudi.
More features, e.g. to be able to connect with friends, and social media integration are to come later this year.
Most used cases
When it comes to using the app, not much surprisingly, the busiest times are the mornings and the evenings.
Beside another peak during lunch time, the app was also used a lot during the evenings of the soccer world championship, Nohroudi states.
Allryder in three years
“Allryder will be an app millions of daily commuters will use all over the world. The app will foresee what is going to happen on your daily commute,” Nohroudi says.
With a lot of other apps in this market, but also a lot of traffic to deal with, it will be interesting to see how fast other apps will provide similar features. Or to which extent they will differ. Selling tickets is, e.g., not provided by Allryder so far. As each city has its own ticket prices and ticketing system it will be a challenge to find one solution that works for all of them.
Besides providing users with real time data, another goal is to provide cities with user generated data in order to improve city planning.
That will also be an interesting case for Code for Germany, Allryder is already in touch with.