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Privately held company
IndustryTransportation network company
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
FounderArsen Tomsky
United States
Number of employees

inDriver is a transportation network company with 26 million users in more than 200 cities in 24 countries.[1][2] inDriver is one of the top 10 ridesharing and taxi apps worldwide by downloads.[3] The company operates in the United States,[4] Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Brazil, Mexico,[5] Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Bolivia,[6] Tanzania,[7] South Africa[8], Kenya, Uganda[9] and India.[10] The company was founded in Yakutsk in 2012.[1]

inDriver's business model is that passengers determine the price of the trip. The user enters the amount he or she is willing to pay for the trip. The order is confirmed by the first driver who is willing to accept the offered price.[11] Also, inDriver charges drivers primarily on a flat rate, whereas its competitors charge drivers a percentage of their taxi fare receipts.[12] According to OZY, the fees that inDriver takes from drivers' receipts averages 5–8% of the fare, which is significantly less than other major ride-hailing services. Passengers make all payments for rides directly to drivers in cash or non-cash settlements. This helps make fare for rides with inDriver even lower.[12] The inDriver mobile app is available on Android and iOS.


On 2012 New Year's Eve in Yakutsk, in Eastern Siberia, the air temperature dropped below -45 degrees, and local taxi drivers simultaneously doubled the cost of trips around the city. In response, the inhabitants of Yakutsk made the "Independent Drivers" group on social networks, where people could post a request for a ride and put the price they are willing to pay, and then drivers took such orders.[13] As a result, in just six months more than 60 thousand people joined the group.

In 2013, Sinet started developing a stand-alone mobile application, called inDriver, which was based on the concept of the real time deals (RTD).[14][15]

In 2014, the company expanded regionally, launching in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in January and in Vladivostok in April. The first international launch took place in December in Astana, Kazakhstan.

In July 2014 InDriver made freight and inter-city services available within the app using the same business model.

In February 2017 the service passed the threshold of 100,000,000 rides booked through the InDriver mobile app.[16] Registered users comprised more than 5 million people at the time.

In the summer of 2017 Russian venture capital fund LETA Capital committed to a $5 million investment in inDriver,[17] followed by $10 million investment round in 2018.[18] The company plans to use this investment to launch its service in USA and Canada.[19][20]

During 2017-2018 winter season, the service increased its network from 70 to 120 cities in Russia[21] and CIS countries, and the total turnover from completed trips for 2018 exceeded the equivalent of $300 million.

In April 2018, inDriver also launched international expansion by entering the markets of Central and South America[22][23][24] In April 2018, the service launched in Mexico[25] - the first city was Saltillo, the administrative center of Coahuila state.[26][27] In May, June and July, the company launched its service in Guatemala,[28] Colombia,[29] Peru,[30] El Salvador and Chile.

In July 2018, inDriver moved its HQ to New York.[23] Also inDriver announced that it plans to launch the service in another 300 cities in 30 countries by the end 2019.

In November 2018, the service entered African market with the launch in Arusha, Tanzania.[31]

In December 2018 inDriver entered the U.S. market with its launch in New York City.[32][33][34][35] Also, in December 2018 inDriver launched the service in Brazil[36] and Ecuador.[37]

In February 2019 inDriver entered the South African market.[38]

In March and April 2019 inDriver launched its service in Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Bolivia.

In July 2019 inDriver entered the Indian market.


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