Location information enables the ridesharing industry to accurately quote customers based on driving time and distance, track drivers and most importantly maintain the driver and passenger's safety. In this episode of Location Matters we're joined by JD Veldsman, the founder of Perth ridesharing company, Shofer and Oliver Looker, General Manager of Google Premier Partner, Liveli. We'll be covering the regulatory and technological challenges that ride sharing companies have been faced with over the past five years, as well as improving the sustainability of ride sharing in the future.
In this episode:
1:15 What made you take that leap and start Shofer?
4:15 Why did you choose Google Maps when setting up Shofer?
5:15 How do you think your industry is improving mapping functionality to enhance customer experience?
6:20 Oliver, you have both taxi and ridesharing companies that you manage relationships with at Liveli, why do you think they mostly turn to Google Maps?
8:04 What are the opportunities for ridesharing companies to utilise Google Cloud technology in their applications?
10:12 What regulatory challenges have you seen ride sharing face over the past five years and how have you overcome them?
13:30 Google changed their pricing to consumption based last year. What is the impact you've [Oliver] seen from this?
16:11 What are some of the advantages of working with a Google Maps Platform Premier Partner?
17:36 How important is innovation at Shofer, JD? What features make your business stand out from the likes of Uber and Ola here in Perth?
22:40 What do both of you think the future of ridesharing looks like here in Australia?
Shofer on iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/shofer/id1059186308
Shofer on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shoferapp&hl=en_AU