People are sharing rides with one another to save on fares, especially when they’re headed home after gatherings. 

So we’ve been working on ways to make it more convenient to pick up and drop off friends during a Grab ride. 

We launched a new feature that allows you to set up a group ride, invite up to three other friends to join the group, add stops and save on fares. 

This is currently only available for users in Singapore. We are exploring ways to bring this to more cities across the region.

Apart from leaving a venue with your friends and dropping them off along the way, group rides also allow you to pick them up from different locations and head to a common destination. 

(Read more: Group orders just got an update because more people are eating together)

Group rides were built on our existing multi-stop rides feature that allows users to add multiple drop-off points within a single booking. However, multi-stop rides only allow one user to coordinate the ride. Others on board are also unable to track their own journeys. 

With group rides, everyone in the group can participate in planning a trip and get real-time updates on the status of the ride throughout.

Setting up a group ride 

To get started, set up a group ride by tapping the widget on the transport page. Choose between a group departure (same pickup point, different drop-off points) or arrival (different pickup points, same drop-off point).

Next, the host passenger inputs the first pickup and drop-off points of the trip. They can then invite up to two other friends to the ride by sharing the link through their preferred messaging platforms.

Friends can join the ride by clicking the link, after which they will be prompted to add their stop. Once everyone has entered their stops, the host passenger can proceed to book a ride. 

Invite friends via a link and proceed once everyone is ready.

Grab takes care of route optimisation on the passengers’ behalf by suggesting the best route based on the stops of the ride. 

Real-time ride updates

Previously, sharing a ride with friends meant that only the user who made the booking can get updates on the ride. So people in the group would have to rely on getting updates from that person. Now, all members in the group ride can be kept in the loop via their Grab apps too.

Bill splitting

We’re also working on making it easier for users to split the bill. In the next iteration of group rides, we are planning to introduce a bill splitting tool to eliminate the hassle of manually having to split the bill. 

We hope that this feature can give more people access to safe and reliable transport options. Whether you’re commuting to work or heading home after a night in town, we will continue to find ways to make our services more accessible to consumers across the region. 

Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

Komsan Chiyadis

GrabFood delivery-partner, Thailand

COVID-19 has dealt an unprecedented blow to the tourism industry, affecting the livelihoods of millions of workers. One of them was Komsan, an assistant chef in a luxury hotel based in the Srinakarin area.

As the number of tourists at the hotel plunged, he decided to sign up as a GrabFood delivery-partner to earn an alternative income. Soon after, the hotel ceased operations.

Komsan has viewed this change through an optimistic lens, calling it the perfect opportunity for him to embark on a fresh journey after his previous job. Aside from GrabFood deliveries, he now also picks up GrabExpress jobs. It can get tiring, having to shuttle between different locations, but Komsan finds it exciting. And mostly, he’s glad to get his income back on track.