New App to book GPS-fitted Auto Rickshaws launched

Are you looking for a new app? On July 11, a new app called PoochO was launched by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung in New Delhi. This app allows users to locate and hire GPS-equipped auto rickshaws which are registered with DIMTS. Read the article to know more.

We all know how difficult it is to hire an auto rickshaw in metropolitan cities. Sometimes, they are not available at a place where you need to hire one and when they are they demand unreasonable charges. Their registration & safety of passengers is another issue, especially in the national capital of India where crime rate is so high.

So on July 11, a new app called PoochO was launched by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung in New Delhi. This app allows users to locate and hire GPS-fitted auto rickshaws. Locations of only those auto rickshaws which are registered with DIMTS will be displayed along with the mobile numbers of their drivers. At present, there are 24,000 autos in Delhi which are fitted with GPS and more are in process of getting GPS. You can thus anytime call an auto that is nearest to your location and book a trip on your smartphone. Easy & convenient!

Launching PoochO, Najeeb Jung talked about the advanced technology used and how it could be very useful for women who need to travel in auto rickshaws at night time. He also said "After booking auto through this app, commuters can share their travel details on Facebook and Twitter so that their friends and family members can get to know about their locations. Besides, there are several security elements in this app". Now this is called multi-protection.



  • When you are hiring an auto rickshaw, you know whether it is registered with DIMTS or not.

  • Your family & friends always know your exact location through Maps. God forbids but if you are in any problem, they can reach you easily. Make sure that the GPS of your phone is on.

  • If you feel that a driver's conduct was improper in any means, just give a feedback about the auto rickshaw travel via PoochO app and the driver might get blacklisted. In past few years, cases where unregistered auto rickshaw drivers misbehave with female commuters had increased at a very fast pace. This app was thus a necessity of time.

  • This app also calculates estimated fare for a trip so that the driver does not charge you unreasonable prices.

  • After you have called an auto rickshaw, whether it is actually coming or not can be easily tracked. If the driver is not coming, you need not waste your time waiting and call another auto but this should rarely happen as Additional CP (Traffic) Anil Shukla, who was also present at the launch, assured us that a driver who refuses to take PoochO users would be heavily penalized. Najeeb Jung added, "Traffic police will be asked to connect this app to its website, their traffic apps so that if auto driver refuses commuters without any reason, strict action would be taken against them".

  • S N Sahai, managing director (DIMTS) told us that auto rickshaw drivers will also be benefited as they will have more passengers with this app.

  • Availability

    PoochO app can be downloaded from Google Play on Android phones only. It will be available on iPhone soon.

    Please note that this utility app is developed by Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS) and is meant only for users located in Delhi. Any ways, we would appreciate if more such apps come up which cover other states and help people meet their daily commuting needs.

    Read Five multi feature portable GPS navigation devices from MapMyIndia

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