Namma Yatri, an open and community-first auto booking app from India, launched in Chennai. The app, a part of the ONDC Network, is currently active in Bengaluru, Mysore, Tumkur, Kochi, and Delhi. Additionally, it manages cab services in Kolkata through Yatri Sathi.
Unlike Ola and Uber, which deduct commissions from drivers, Namma Yatri operates as a zero-commission app, according to an official statement.
Customized for Chennai, the app features a driver interface in Tamil and offers an improved user booking experience. Notably, users can easily book rides to well-known locations like Valluvar Kottam, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Birla Planetarium, Lighthouse, Tidel Park, and Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital.
Conceived and developed by graduates of Anna University, this zero-commission app aims to empower auto drivers by boosting their earnings and autonomy. With already over 10,000 drivers registered, the app targets onboarding more than one lakh drivers in the next six months.
Backed by Juspay Technologies, Namma Yatri caters to over two lakh drivers and 40 lakh customers, facilitating over 2.5 crore trips. Notably, it has allowed drivers to earn more than ₹360 crore without any commission. The app enjoys widespread popularity, boasting a rating of 4.8+ and accumulating over 50 lakh downloads, as mentioned in a release.
“Namma Yatri is more than an app; it’s an attempt to empower the drivers, to build products and technology that are inclusive and help drivers embrace the customer-centric mindset. Its technology is open (Open Source), it has published its data in the open and has joined the ONDC initiative. We’re very happy to bring it to Chennai and are looking forward to actively collaborating with the local ecosystem to make this vision work!” said Vimal Kumar, CEO of Juspay.
Namma Yatri boasts 1.8 lakh drivers and more than 45 lakh riders.