Yango, a ride-hailing app which already operates in 15 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa, will soon launch in Ghana.
Ghana will become the second African country for Yango after Cote d’Ivoire where it launched in October last year. Yango, also known as Yandex.Taxi, is a part of Yandex, one of the largest tech companies in Europe with headquarters in Russia.
Unlike competitors, the Yango app uses Yandex’s own mapping, routing and navigation, as well as smart order distribution technologies.
This helps significantly reduce the overall cost of trips and the time that a driver spends in vain when looking for a customer, heading to a next customer or driving a customer to its destination.
This allows the Yango to ensure very affordable prices for rides while lowering commission payable by the drivers.
Yango does not have its own drivers. It works with local private drivers via its partnering companies. Drivers will not be charged any commission at the start.
The Yango operations in Ghana is headed by Mr Kadotien Soro, the General Manager for West Africa, who has overseen the Yango business in Cote d’Ivoire.
The Yango service will go live on June 6, 2019. The Yango app can be downloaded ahead of the launch for free from Google Play or App Store.
About Yango and Yandex
Yango is a ride-hailing app which connects its users who wish to take a ride with eligible partner companies whose drivers are willing to serve the users’ orders.
The Yango service is operated by Yandex.Taxi B.V., a member of the Yandex Group — one of the largest IT companies in Europe (see more about Yandex below). Presently Yango, which is also known under the Yandex.Taxi brand, operates in 15 countries and is rapidly expanding into other regions of the world.
Yandex.Taxi/Yango service was launched in 2011. By the end of September 2018, the service celebrated one billion rides. Thirty-six million users and 900,000 drivers have been connected to the service worldwide since its launch.
In February, Yandex and Uber merged their ride-hailing businesses in Russia and several CIS countries. Yandex got 59.3 per cent share while Uber got about 37 per cent share. Daniil Shuleyko, the CEO of Yandex.Taxi, is also the CEO of the joint company.
Yandex is a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning. Their goal is to help consumers and businesses better navigate the online and offline world. Since 1997, they have delivered world-class, locally relevant search and information services. Additionally, they have developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe. Yandex, which has 30 offices worldwide, has been listed on the NASDAQ since 2011.