Ride-hailing vs Ridesharing

Published on
August 16, 2022

Ride-hailing vs Ridesharing

Ride-hailing and ridesharing services have been on the rise, especially in Kenya. While these two services might seem similar, there are distinctive aspects that differentiate them.

Individuals from all walks of life are using these services because they are convenient, fast and a cheap way of moving around the country.


Before exploring the differences, it is essential to understand these terms.

In ride-hailing, one requests a ride from a digital platform, and the driver picks them up and drops them off at the specified location. These platforms are often digital applications that allow customers to request a ride. When it comes to ride-hailing, consumers are spoilt for choice.

Here are the best ride-hailing apps in Kenya.

  1. Mobi
  2. Uber
  3. Bolt
  4. Little cab
  5. Hava
  6. Wasili
  7. SafeBoda

To mention a few


Ridesharing is an arrangement where a passenger rides for free or for a fee in a private car driven by its owner, especially one organized through a website or app. Depending on the service you need, most ridesharing taxi companies in Kenya offer a variety of automobile classes. The businesses provide two primary benefits:

  1. In private cars, one rides alone without the driver stopping or picking up anyone else.
  2. Carpooling is when one can get a ride according to where they are headed, and the driver can stop on the way to pick up other passengers.

Ridesharing also has its fair share of platforms that Kenyans can rely on. They include;

  1. Mobi 
  2. Uber
  3. Lift 
  4. Didi 
  5. Ola

The main differences between ride-hailing and ridesharing

Although these services might seem very similar, some features differentiate them. These features are as follows;

1. Connectivity

With ride-hailing, passengers request on-demand drivers to take them to a specific location. On the other hand, a ridesharing service connects passengers with freelance drivers who work on their schedules. 

2. Passenger Choices

With ride-hailing, drivers do not pick up other passengers along the same route or travel to the same location as their passengers. Ridesharing services coordinate shared rides between numerous passengers and a single driver, unlike ride-hailing.

3. Driver earnings 

In a ridesharing service, the driver earns money from their trips by working for a specific business or service. While in ride-hailing, drivers are employed by a particular company, receive payment for their travels, and can make as many trips as they need to profit.

4. Security

Because of the nature of their business, ride-hailing businesses insure their vehicles extensively. A driver is covered by insurance when they start driving to their destination. It's important to note that the driver, passenger, and onlookers are all covered by this insurance package.

However, ridesharing services are not covered by this insurance. Although discussions regarding requiring ridesharing firms to offer insurance coverage are ongoing, many still haven't done so.

5. Business Organization

Ride-hailing businesses typically operate under a more organized paradigm. Before beginning operations, the majority of drivers for ride-hailing services must register and obtain a license. The application procedure to become a driver is expensive and stringent in many cities. Drivers are required to adhere to and meet specific requirements.

The situation with ridesharing drivers is different because they can start working immediately without going through demanding application processes. Drivers use a quasi-franchise business model and are independent contractors. Due to the diverse company structures, drivers may charge different service rates to draw in more customers.

Advantages of using these services

1. A simple mode of transportation

These riding services provide an easy way to move around, unlike public transport and motorcycles.

2. Comfort and privacy

When it comes to personal space, these services provide the comfort of travelling alone or with family and friends.

3. Availability 

The commuting services are available to customers at any time, from anywhere. Whether it is an emergency or one needs a designated driver, the services are available 24/7


Ride-hailing and ridesharing services are here to improve how Kenyans travel, whether for work, to connect with loved ones, or to run errands!! Mobi, a new ride-hailing app in Kenya, is a good example. It pays its drivers 82% of the total fare plus 4% PowerShares for referrals. This way, every user can earn money. Mobi can be reached here for more information.

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