CHALO ( Let’s Go) a bus tracking and ticketing platform took the achievement to another level by raising $14 Mn.
Buses have always been the most convenient mode of transport for people. And Chalo has emerged as a great initiation on this platform.
We want to bridge this gap and offer a mobility solution to the people with one subscription plan, which allows you to travel passively without getting bothered about all of these things. And we see a lot of synergy in Vogo in that way,” ~ Vinayak Bhavnani, Co-founder and CTO, Chalo
This milestone was achieved with the support of recent and past investors who showed their confidence in them.
Let’s dive into the story and planning of the startup.
The Story Behind Chalo – Let’s Go
Founded in the year 2014 by Mohit Dubey, Vinayak Bhavnani, Priya Singh, and Dhruv Chopra, Chalo was established as Zophop initially.
Mohit is also a Co-Founder at CarTrade.com & Co-founder and CEO at CarWale. So we can say that they have been very much active in relevant business.
“If you can tell people when the bus will come, that solves a very big pain point. That was our lightbulb moment, and we said, okay, we need to build live tracking for buses so no one should have to wait at bus stops anymore,” ~ Vinayak Bhavnani
Chalo aims to make traveling smooth for travelers within the cities. It’s working around more than 30 Indian cities at present.
The special bus operating system of Chalo includes- Live Dashboards, Digital Tickets, Operations Automation, AFCS, Electronic Ticket Machines, and Live Bus tracking.
The very first live tracking service first began in Indore city followed by Bhopal MP later.
Chalo has accelerated the revenue collection for the bus owners. Also, the app has increased the overall collections too, the best has been 20 to 30 percent.
Features Of Chalo App-
- Chalo Card- With the COVID-19 outbreak this can be a suitable choice to keep away from direct contact. This is an NFC touch-to-pay card that is capable to hold credentials and wallets.
- Bus Tracker – Enables the customer to track real-time arrival time. You can be at home and arrive a few minutes before the bus gets there.
- Tickets and Mobile Pass- Ease ticket and bus pass purchasing.
Chalo, Ready To Go With The Fundings
The fundings are excellent so are the plans. As claimed by the CTO Vinayak Bhavnani there has been an exceptional growth of about 4 to 5 times in the rides and buses. This took place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The startup vision is to achieve several goals in the department. From having 100 million rides per day to tracking 100,000 buses and with current achievements soon it will be achieving it all.
With the pace, no doubt Chalo very soon will claim all achievements and goals. Chalo entered the game and proved to stand there despite all hurdles in its way.
It has brought a great transformation in the mobility sector of India. The ideas and visions have a definite purpose and they are leading it their way. Which seems promising and fascinating.
In upcoming times there will be several changes and implementations and it will give the country a different sight.
Because Success is not just making money. It is happiness, success is fulfillment, and it’s the ability to give. ~StartupIndia”