July 2, 2014
Why hire a black car service when you can just catch a ride with someone going towards your destination anyway? That’s the idea behind BlaBlaCar, a French carsharing company. They announced today that they raised $100 million round from Index Ventures, Accel Partners, and more to “transform city-to-city travel.”
Unlike Uber, BlaBlaCar doesn’t enlist drivers but offers users a seat in a car of someone who already plans to drive to your destination. It is an alternative to public transportation.
BlaBlaCar cofounder Nicolas Brusson said in a recent interview that a “typical journey” on BlaBlaCar averages around “200 miles” and costs the passenger “about $20.” Drivers “offer their empty seats to passengers who book them the same way they would book a train ticket. The drivers are not making a profit, they are sharing a cost,” said Brusson.
The startup plans to expand to Brazil and Turkey but no plans of expanding to U.S just yet.
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