Coronavirus: BlaBlaCar launches a mutual aid application between neighbors

by bold-lichterman

The BlaBlaCar carpooling platform, whose activities have been almost at a standstill since the start of containment, announced on Thursday the launch of an application intended for ” help each other to do basic necessities in their neighborhood ”. The French company, which has suspended its BlaBlaBus coaches and whose activity of the carpooling platform has decreased by 98%, explains in a press release that it organized a “hackathon” (competition for programming ideas) involving about fifty employees and members, “To find out how they could help other than by sharing their car”.

Called BlaBlaHelp, the new free application allows users to offer their help on a voluntary basis or to find trusted people nearby, already registered on BlaBlaCar, to pick up essential groceries or medicines. Members who wish to volunteer – called “helpers” by BlaBlaCar – indicate their location and how they can help, so that those who need help can view their profile, and contact them if necessary, explains l ‘business.

The official recommendations concerning containment and barrier gestures remain in place, BlaBlaCar recalls in its press release. The BlaBlaCar carpooling platform remains open ” only to allow those who absolutely need to travel to do so, within the framework of the government’s recommendations ”, with only one passenger authorized per car, traffic being reduced to 2% of normal. At the same time, the BlaBlaBus intercity coach network was suspended.