You Can Get $5 Off Rides With GoCar This Month (There's Some New Features, Too)

GoCatch launched its locally-owned Uber rival GoCar in February, and according to the ride-service has attracted hundreds of Sydneysiders.

Alongside confirming that additional cities will be added to the service by the end of this year, a number of updates to the app and a sweet $5 rebate on all rides in April were announced today.

Image: GoCatch

The updates will enable GoCar drivers to reach passengers and their destinations more quickly and efficiently, GoCatch says.

An improved dispatch algorithm using real-time, up to date traffic information from Google Maps aims to quickly match passengers with the closest driver and provide more accurate arrival times.

More navigation options enable drivers to choose their preferred turn-by-turn navigation from within the app, including Google Maps, Waze, Apple Maps or GoCatch's "native navigation solution".

Updated job matching better alerts drivers of available jobs, including allowing them to receive job alerts even if the app is running in the background.

Finally, a cleaner app interface for drivers with clearer, bolder text makes it easier to read addresses and turn-by-turn directions.

Creating the best possible ridesharing experience means listening closely to driver and passenger feedback, GoCatch CEO Ned Moorfield said.

"It's only been a little over a month since we first launched in Sydney, and we've been blown away by the level of support and interest from drivers and passengers in taking up the new service. The changes we're announcing today are a further step in the evolution of delivering a high-quality experience for our customers," said Moorfield.

"Having worked as a driver for other ridesharing services, I can say that the GoCar team has done a great job at working closely with us to ensure the service works for everyone. The passengers I've spoken with love having an another ridesharing option, especially one without surge pricing and the drivers are happy to have a local company that is interested in their feedback," said local GoCar Driver, Elijah Dedeigbo.

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