Ride-sharing app Hi-Oscar has hit the South West and become operational in Bunbury.
Hi-Oscar co-founder Daniel Broughton confirmed five drivers have come on board to conduct services in the greater Bunbury region.
Two drivers will be full-time while two others will be semi full-time.
The Oscar, Fancy Oscar and Big Oscar vehicle types will also be available to Bunbury customers.
Mr Broughton said the app offers passengers the ability to choose a driver based on their vehicle or ratings.
Customers can make their choice on the app’s interactive map.
“That’s what we really like about our app is that you’ll touch a car and up will pop a photo of the driver, the driver’s car, all of their ratings and you get to make a choice based on what you see or what you’re looking for,” he said.
The co-founder said all Hi-Oscar drivers must have an F Extension (an approved medical certificate and police clearance) and an Omnibus – Charted Vehicles Licence (with vehicles inspected by the Department of Transport).
Drivers must also upgrade their third party insurance to cover hire and reward services.
Mr Broughton and co-founder Jeremy Webb came up with the app after conducting research into female only ride-share services.
“We saw a lot of drivers, particularly in Perth, were unhappy with the current situation with rideshare and we saw a number of niche markets that we could do and build an app to implement,” he said.
“We took basically everything riders wanted, riders being passengers, and everything we thought the drivers wanted and we folded into one app.”
Mr Broughton and Mr Webb have since on-boarded 650 drivers in Perth, and made a point of continually communicating with them to enrich their experience.
The app will soon deliver services in Sydney, Melbourne, the Northern Territory and the Pilbara.
Find out more about being a Hi-Oscar customer or driver at www.hi-oscar.com.au