Go Bus launches Savy service


After two weeks of wondering ‘Who’s Savy?’, all has been revealed as Savy hits the road in Queenstown this week, offering locals and visitors a new, smarter way to get around.

Using a smartphone app and the efficiencies of ridesharing, Savy provides on-demand and affordable transport around Queenstown for an introductory $5 flat fare.

Users simply book a ride through the Savy app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and are instantly matched with others going their way in a dynamically-routed Savy vehicle. Passengers will meet their Savy either right outside or at a nearby corner, and can follow their vehicle’s route in the app as it approaches.

The first on-demand ridesharing transport solution of its kind in New Zealand, Savy owns its fleet and employs only fully trained and officially vetted and endorsed drivers.

“Savy is like a personalised bus service that runs on your timetable and route, or a taxi that is much easier on your pocket, all wrapped-up in the convenience of a smartphone app,” says Calum Haslop, Managing Director of Go Bus, the New Zealand transport operator behind Savy.

Queenstown is the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to get Savy. The Savy service is powered by Via, the leading technology developer and provider of dynamic on-demand shared rides. First launched in New York City in 2013, Via powers over 1.5 million rides per month in major cities around the world including Chicago, Washington DC, Paris, and Kent in the UK.

“Via is very excited to bring the premiere New York City shared ride service to New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere. Our vision is to enable everyone, everywhere to take affordable and efficient shared rides powered by Via’s technology, and help more innovative cities like Queenstown reduce emissions and congestion,” says Daniel Ramot, Co-founder and CEO of Via.

Go Bus drew on its extensive experience in bus transport in cities across New Zealand and saw a perfect match for Savy in Queenstown.

“Savy is an ideal way to navigate the area, and we’re confident it fills a gap in the transport options currently available. Savy users will be able to get around Queenstown quickly and efficiently – they won’t be bound to timetables, need to worry about finding or paying for a carpark, or have to fork out on high taxi fares or rental cars just to get from A to B,” says Calum Haslop of Go Bus.

Calum says cities like Queenstown also need more ways to get people out of their cars and sharing vehicles: “Congestion caused by single occupant vehicles and CBD parking constraints can be eased by innovative transport solutions like Savy.

“We also felt Savy was a great fit for the people who live, work and play here. They are tech-savvy and well-connected, and are known for being active and embracing new things.”

Savy officially launched on Monday with a fleet of six Savy vehicles on the go, seven days week. Savy operating times accommodate early starts and late nights out: 6am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 6am to 1am Friday and Saturday.

The current service area covers the Queenstown area including Arthurs Point in the north, Fernhill to the west, Kelvin Heights to the south and east towards Lake Hayes, with plans for expansion in the future.

One-way trips are charged directly to the rider’s debit or credit card via the Savy app at an introductory flat fare of $5.

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