99 announced, on Thursday (13), the expansion of the category 99Poupa to 10 more Brazilian cities in the coming weeks. In addition to Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, where the cheapest races have been running since June, the sport reaches Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Goiânia, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador and São Paulo. The promise is that users will be able to achieve a reduction of up to 30% in travel fees made during off-peak hours.
In addition to benefiting passengers, the pilot phase also had a positive impact for drivers, according to a survey carried out by the company itself. In Rio de Janeiro, drivers who joined 99Poupa had gains 17% higher than those who did not qualify. It is not known, however, whether the average earnings will remain the same as the service’s popularity increases.
The aim of the new category is to offer “safe and accessible” options to users, especially in times of pandemic, helping to prevent crowds of people. However, 99 states that the passenger waiting time may be slightly longer.
The 99Poupa also generates more races for drivers in times of low demand – now, instead of standing for a long time waiting for a new call, drivers will be able to fill vacant moments with the cheapest trips. Tests in the municipality of Duque de Caxias detected a 25% drop in downtime between runs.
With the new “trip picker” feature, available in some cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, drivers can still choose the races in a kind of waiting list, accepting the one that is most interesting – by price, starting point of the trip or destination.
99 reported that as of September, the 99Poupa mode will be available in all capitals of the country.