Tech company Wunder Carpool has announced its decision to stop operations in Manila. In an email to its users today, June 24, the carpooling app has stated that it will “focus its resources in other mobility niches, in order to accelerate our vision of a better mobility ecosystem worldwide.”
Wunder’s operations will formally stop on June 28, 2019. while its platform and support channels will be available only until July 12, 2019. The app will also be removed from app stores in the following days.
In case you didn’t know, since the local introduction of Wunder Carpool in March 2016, it has connected drivers and passengers for carpooling. Unlike with other transportation network vehicle service (TNVS) applications like Grab and Uber, Wunder drivers plot their daily route to work and pick up passengers along the way. These drivers do not make a profit out of driving other people. Passengers are also picked up and dropped off depending on the driver’s route.
Back in 2017, it was also reported that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reinforced a previously issued cease and desist order against Wunder Carpool.
Users are encouraged to withdraw all cashable balance before June 28. The company also recommends existing carpool communities to continue the system of carpooling simply by connecting or reaching out to their usual riders/drivers without the app.