DriveMyCar is offering access to accredited cars for ridesharing services to help cash-strapped Australians generate an income in the wake of COVID-19.
The impact of COVID-19 has seen unemployment in Australia increase to 7.1% the highest it has been since October 2001, accoding to the company. The fallout has been felt across many industries, including rideshare, as the economy came to an almost complete halt.
There are indications of a post pandemic bounce back, with DriveMyCar experiencing a threefold growth in booking requests for rideshare vehicles in June (vs. April 2020).
Many unemployed or under-employed Australians are now looking for new ways to earn or supplement their income, and DriveMyCar enables drivers to rent a car without having to buy or upgrade their car.
Ridesharing services are now experiencing a steady rise in passengers as government restrictions are lifted and the economy begins to recover. This increased demand, coupled with ride-share services’ pivot during the pandemic to include consumer parcel deliveries, offers a viable income opportunity.
Public transport use in NSW plummeted during the pandemic. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on May 15 an estimated 570,000 commuters had used the public transport, down from the usual 2.2 million daily users pre-pandemic While people are gradually returning to "normal" life, hesitations around the use of public transport continue with people seeking alternative transportation methods such as rideshare services.