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Privately held company
IndustryTransportation network company
Founded24 June 2013; 7 years ago (24 June 2013)
FounderArsen Tomsky
United States
Number of employees

inDriver is a ride-hailing service[1] with more than 49 million users in more than 300 cities in 31 countries.[2][3] inDriver is one of the top 3 ridesharing and taxi apps worldwide by downloads.[4] The company operates in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Brazil, Mexico,[5] Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Bolivia,[6], Nicaragua, Tanzania,[7] South Africa[8], Kenya, Uganda[9], Nigeria, Botswana, India[10], Indonesia, Malaysia (considered as illegal[11]), Thailand , Philippines and Senegal. The company was founded in Yakutsk in 2012.[2]

It is one of the fastest growing international passenger transport service operating on the Real-Time Deals model.[12] In inDriver app all conditions of the trip are determined as a result of an agreement between passengers and drivers.  inDriver works both in small towns with a population of 10 thousand inhabitants, often with the weak Internet and without maps of the settlement, and in the largest cities with the highest level of competition, successfully adapting to the needs of the residents of any settlement. The p2p business model of the service today meets the needs of people who are trying to get away from the dictates of price corporations while using the capabilities of IT technologies makes the passenger-driver relationship much more transparent. The demand for such a model is great in many parts of the world 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.

In August 2019 inDriver entered the Indonesian market.[39]

Social projects[edit]

BeginIT is inDriver social education project aimed at identifying and providing career guidance in the field of new technologies to talented children from orphanages, boarding and rural schools . The project has been implemented since 2012. In 2019, the project involved 14 orphanages and remote rural schools in Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Kazakhstan. Participants of the main program receive free one-year distance learning in programming basics. Within the framework of the project, the participating schools are provided with special assistance in equipping computer classes and programming clubs. Besides, the company organizes regular excursions and master classes for schoolchildren in the main office.


inDriver got nominated for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO) 2019 in the 'Most Innovative Mobile App' category[40].

The service has been named Google Play's 2019 Best Everyday Essential app in Brazil[41].


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