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Popular ride-sharing services you didn’t know existed

When people think of ride-sharing services, Uber is one of the most popular and recognizable names. The company offers services in more than 50 countries and made an estimated $2 billion in revenue in 2015.shutterstock_300817475

Ride-sharing apps have exploded in popularity since Uber launched in 2010. Similar services have popped up around the world to connect passengers with drivers. Don’t expect the industry to slow down anytime soon. This year alone, ride-sharing tech companies have received around $9 billion in investment capital.

Uber may dominate much of the ride-sharing market, but many competitors have emerged to offer users more options. Here’s a look at some of the other ride-sharing services shaking up the industry in different parts of the world.

The U.S.

Scoop | This app positions itself as a carpooling service that saves you money on your commute to/from work. Scoop connects users to rides in three easy steps: users schedule their rides à get matched with a carpool à take the trip. BMW’s venture capital division sees potential in Scoop and has invested an undisclosed amount in the company.

Southeast Asia

Grab | A ride-sharing service similar to Uber, Grab offers users the option to choose between a taxi, personal driver and carpooling service. The services are GrabTaxi, GrabCar and GrabHitch, respectively. Grab has a presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and also the U.S.

Middle East

Careem | Careem’s ride-hailing service can be used by everyone, even those without a smartphone. Users can book a ride on the app or by calling, and payments are made using the app or in cash. As an added bonus, users can earn special offers and discounts as they continue to use Careem.

Europe

BlaBlaCar | BlaBlaCar is a carpooling service that lets drivers offer extra seats in their cars to riders headed in the same direction or going to the same destination. For added security, it also offers rides where the drivers and riders are all women. This convenient app can be downloaded in many countries across Europe and the U.K.

South America

Easy Taxi | This taxi app was one of the first launched in Latin America that connects passengers with taxis. Easy Taxi also offers a corporate feature in which companies can manage costs and expense limits of their employees using the service.

Make sure to check out these ride-sharing services when you’re traveling to make the most of your time and money.

Sources:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-tech-fundraising-idUSKCN0QQ0G320150821

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-02/where-9-billion-of-ride-sharing-funding-has-gone-so-far-in-2016<%