City-to-city ridesharing app, BlaBlaCar has entered into a partnership with Ixigo, an Indian travel search marketplace. The strategic partnership allows BlaBlaCar to advertise its ridesharing services to ixigoers through its website and apps (trains app, PNR status app and bus app).
As a part of this partnership, when ixigoers search for travel options between any two cities, they will be shown information about available car ridesharing options on BlaBlaCar as well.
BlaBlaCar connects people looking for a city-to-city travel solution with car-owners going in the same direction, so that they can travel together and share the cost of their journey. The service allows users to choose co-travellers in a member community with declared identities and peer-to-peer ratings. Ixigo offers travel search and planning across flights, hotels, buses, trains and packages, and has recently entered the taxis & cabs segment.
BlaBlaCar’s is present in 18 countries. The company had raised a funding of $100 million in July 2014 from venture capital groups including Index ventures. Earlier this year, the company launched in India and also plans to extend the service to Latin America sometime this year.
Few days back, BlaBlaCar has acquired its rivals German-based Carpooling.com and Hungary’s Autohop for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition of Carpooling will allow BlaBlaCar to increase its user number in Germany. Autohop deal gives its entry into four new countries – Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Croatia. Its global rival Tripda also entered India in November 2014.