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US-based ride-sharing marketplace Tripda has entered India as its new consumer ground. Tripda is a ride-sharing community for long-distance travel and a marketplace connecting drivers and passengers. Tripda is backed by Rocket Internet. Tripda has launched it services in India with online address - Tripda.in.

According to the Tripda website, passengers can create accounts through their Facebook ID to Tripda's website. Afterwards, they enter their pickup location, destination, and date of departure. Drivers, meanwhile, must register their vehicle with Tripda by providing the company with its brand, model, number of seats available and level of comfort. Tripda then matches drivers and passengers looking to travel on the same route, and sets a suggested price for drivers to charge each passenger. Once the ride is completed, drivers and passengers can rate one another.

Tripda will operate in India through its headquarter office in Gurgaon, a city near to Delhi.

Tripda operates through its website and mobile app (iOS & Android) where anyone can post a ride and then carpool irrespective of their location. In India, Tripda will operate initially in Delhi, Mumbai/Pune and Bangalore although anyone outside these cities can use the service as well such as Nagpur or Gurgaon.

Additionally, in India tripda also offer the 'Ladies Only' option to make female drivers and passengers feel more comfortable and safe. If you’re a female driver or even passenger and want to offer a ride to other females only or looking for a trip only with females in the car you will find the option 'Ladies Only' when you create a trip. When you select this option, only females will accompany you for ride.

In India, Tripda will be competing with Ola Cabs and Uber who are already competing with each other in highly competitive cab market of India. Founded by four co-founders Adi Vaxman, Pedro Meduna, Joe McFarlane and Eduardo Prota, Tripda operates in ten countries including the US and India.

Tripda is similar to the French venture BlaBlaCar which recently raised $100 million from venture capital firms Index Ventures, Accel Partners among others. BlaBlaCar plans to use its funding to grow its business and expand to markets like Turkey, Brazil and India.

India is fourth country in south-east asian region as in September Tripda had already launched its services in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

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