Innovation in Transportation: InDrive’s Launch in Port Harcourt


InDrive, the innovative platform for urban services and global mobility, has announced the launch of its ride-hailing service in Port Harcourt.

Apparently, this is part of a highly successful simultaneous launch in 15 major Nigerian cities, including Kano, Kaduna, Benin City, Nnewi, Aba, Onitsha, Jos, Enugu, Warri, Abeokuta, Akure, Owerri, Calabar, Ado Ekiti, and Uyo. With this expansion, Port Harcourt proudly joins the 20 Nigerian cities—including Lagos, Ibadan, and Abuja—that have hosted inDrive’s cutting-edge services since their 2019 launch.

InDrive sets itself apart from traditional ride-hailing apps by giving drivers and passengers the ability to jointly decide on prices. The InDrive app allows registered passengers to input their starting and destination points, and nearby drivers with verified vehicle documents receive notifications displaying their pickup location and suggested fare. Drivers can accept or propose a fare, and passengers can preview the drop-off point before confirming any offer. Once a mutual agreement is reached, the driver picks up the passenger and proceeds with the journey. Both passengers and drivers can rate each other and provide constructive feedback to improve service quality.

Safety is a top priority for inDrive, with drivers under rigorous background checks and passengers encouraged to rate rides. The app also includes safety measures like live GPS tracking and an emergency button for quick communication with authorities. In Port Harcourt, the service fee has been waived, ensuring drivers retain 100% of their earnings.

According to Timothy Oladimeji, the Business Development Representative for inDrive Nigeria, this is an ideal opportunity to initiate operations in Port Harcourt. He expressed, “The recent driver strikes underscore the demand for a fresh approach to ride-hailing. That’s where inDrive steps in; our unique model enables both drivers and passengers to negotiate a fair price, rather than being constrained by an algorithm. We’re confident that this approach offers a credible solution to many of the current challenges faced by the ride-hailing sector in Nigeria.”

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