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Ride-sharing app SWAT offers S$5 flat fares, with conditions

Kareyst Lin | Oct. 3, 2016
Rides have to be booked at least 30 minutes in advance or pre-booked the night before by 10pm

Locally developed on-demand ride-sharing app SWAT is hoping to give Uber and Grab a run of their money. SWAT charges commuters a flat fare of S$5 no matter the distance of their rides.

However, there are conditions: the rides need to be booked at least 30 minutes in advance or pre-booked the night before by 10pm, according to local media Today's article on 27 September 2016.

Commuters need to walk a distance of no more than 300m to pre-designated waiting areas. These include bus stops, taxi stands, and other landmarks. They also have to share their rides with others.

For now, pick-ups and drop-offs are limited to a zone that covers the North, Central and South. This stretches from areas such as Ang Mo Kio to Kallang, Orchard, Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar, and Marina South at the other end.

SWAT services operate in the morning peak hours, between 7am and 10am during the weekdays only. It also promises that travelling time will be no more than 10 minutes longer than a taxi ride.

The company behind the app, Ministry of Movement, analysed "millions of commuters' data" to identify repeated group travel patterns. This is used to optimise both vehicle routes and passenger pick-ups to generate the "most efficient route" for all.

The technology allows the app to add new passengers without affecting the estimated time of arrival for existing passengers on board, said Lin Shijing, Founder of Ministry of Movement.

SWAT's edge over Beeline
SWAP app comes after the Beeline app, which is a similar on-demand service that matches users and private bus operators through route suggestions from users.

Beeline was launched by the Infocomm Development Authority (now known as the Info-communication Media Development Authority) last year.

Lin said that SWAT has an edge over Beeline and other apps, because its passengers "will never face the problem of having drivers rejecting or cancelling your ride."


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