Riding apps have made our lives so much more comfortable and convenient hasn’t it? For awhile there, it was going pretty good until the market was monopolized by one riding service. Personally, I found it rough going with the higher rates and loss of promos. Do you guys agree? The newest riding app Hype had its first HYPE FEST event as a kick off to the riding app service.
One of the newest all Filipino transport network companies (TNC) recently held its first ever HYPE FEST, a gathering of drivers, operators, and the public; as the TNC goes full swing in its operations to serve the riding public, at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex. Pasay City.
HYPE FEST brought together the entire community in an afternoon and early evening of entertainment, fun, games, and camaraderie; highlighted by the appearance of Mr. Piolo Pascual, HYPE ambassador; and the raffling off of various items from the sponsors; and a brand new Toyota Vios to a lucky event-goer.
In his message to the attendees, Mr. Nicanor Escalante, HYPE Transport Systems, Inc. President said, “When we first envisioned HYPE, we had a vision to provide the Filipino riding public a viable choice. We wanted the Filipinos to have the power to choose the most affordable, the safest, the most convenient, and with the most number of transport options possible.”
“We are proud to say that as the Filipino riding public has begun to support HYPE, more and more of our drivers — both TNVS and taxi cabs; will continue to enjoy more and more earnings by using the app, and will most definitely enjoy more surprises from us and our partners,” Escalante further said.
A promo-incentive for drivers who complete a pre-determined number of trips was announced and this incentive just might win a lucky driver up to One Million Pesos in prizes. Miss Jennifer Silan, HYPE Chief Operating Officer also presented a number of promo-incentive schemes for the riding public.
The event sponsored by SMART, PLDT, Phoenix Petroleum, Rapide, Hunters, Huawei, Connext Marketing (BAJAJ), Toyota Lipa, Manila Broadcasting Corporation, and Star City; was hosted by internet sensation Ashley Rivera, was graced by Filipina actress, host, dancer, and commercial model Andrea Torres of GMA 7; with Ransom Collective, an all-Filipino indie folk band entertaining the audience; and capped off by the performance of sought-after DJ Patty Tiu.
Using the riding app Hype
When I had first heard about the Hype app months ago I downloaded it and gave it a try but I guess because it was in it’s very early stages because the app wasn’t consumer ready. After attending the HYPE FEST event I gave the app a try again. The first time I tried it I was able to book but after a few minutes but the driver cancelled because he was still quite a ways from my area. I’ve tried a couple more times after that but I’m just not getting a driver in my area yet.
This hasn’t discouraged me at all. In fact, it’s made me want to promote this app so that more drivers would join and give it a try. Once there’s more than one riding app service available, hopefully that creates more of a fair playing field for both drivers and riders.
The interface so far is very basic. It doesn’t yet have the ride sharing and adding trips feature but for sure they’ll have these soon.
The ride options are: Sedan | Taxi | AUV | SUV. You can choose to mark the trip as personal or business. You can pay via cash or through debit/credit card.
The function that I like the most is that you can easily pin the location. I had a hard time doing that on other riding apps for some reason.
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For now I’m going back and forth and trying the Hype app when I go out. Hopefully I do get a successful booking which will signal that more drivers are joining the riding service.