KENYA – Kenyan startup Komboa has launched a peer-to-peer (P2P) car-sharing platform which allows users to rent private vehicles.

Komboa which was launched on desktop in June this year will soon have its own app having been built to challenge the traditional model of owning a car by allowing users to rent for the long-term.

“We are firm believers in the sharing economy where people are beginning to think differently about car ownership and mobility,” founder Eric Gisore told Disrupt Africa.

“Having access to a car nowadays does not necessarily mean needing to own a vehicle. Similarly, mobility is not restricted to one mode of transportation with trips becoming more multi-modal.”

So far, Komboa has seen relatively slow uptake but does have around 150 registered users.

“We are in the process of marketing to car owners who are very key component of our operations,” Gisore said.

Operating for now only in Nairobi, the startup plans on expanding to other major towns and cities in Kenya once it hits a threshold of 1,000 users on the platform.

Komboa operates on a commission basis by taking 20 per cent on every transaction that takes place on its platform.

Komboa joins a long list of taxi hailing companies that have set foot in Kenya with the aim getting a slice of the lucrative transport sector in Kenya.

Earlier entrants in the business such as Uber are still dominant but new entrants are slowly getting foothold in the market.

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