Yango taxi app unveils in Ghana

Mr Musheg Sahakian, the Global Expansion Director, Yango

Global technology giant, Yandex, has launched its taxi service Yango onto the Ghanaian market.

The technological ride-hailing App by one of Europe’s biggest technology companies, Yandex, operates in over 300 cities across 15 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Mr Musheg Sahakian, the Global Expansion Director, Yango at the launch of the service in Accra last week, said Yango had its own mapping and navigation system, which minimizes driver pick-up time and arrival at destinations thereby decreasing the net cost of ride dramatically.

He said the company partners with local transport service in the country to offer quality service to customers at an affordable prize.

Mr Sahakian said a key benefit that stands out in Yango’s service was that, drivers may not have to pay any commission at the start.

He said over 3,000 vehicles had partnered with Yango for its services, adding that they ensured that drivers had a valid driving license, comprehensive insurance and a roadworthiness sticker on the car.

Mr Kadotien Soro, the Managing Director in charge of West Africa, Yango, said the app allowed users to rate each ride and send feedback or complain to the support service, adding that drivers with better rankings get more orders, while drivers with low rankings may be downgraded or be blocked.

He said for now the service would operate in Accra and subsequently extend to other parts of the country.

In Africa, Ghana becomes the second country on the continent to have Yango’s services after a previous launch in Ivory Coast.