World Research Institute announced Shuttl as the winner of the 2018 ConnectKaro Awards. Shuttl won the award in 2016 also for Sustainable Transportation.A� This yeara��s theme was “Universal Access”. Shuttl had showcased its work in providing universal access to safe, reliable and affordable transport to women. With a focus on ita��s SAFE [Secure Anxiety Free Experience] features, few of which have now been rolled out on all 600 buses across NCR, Shuttl was able to demonstrate that smart buses, combine group mobility and technology to, provide a holistic solution to womena��s safety requirements in transport. The award jury comprised of Shri Sudhir Krishna, Former Secretary a�� MoUD; Rajesh Kalra, Editor in Chief a�� Times Internet; Prabhat Agarwal, Member a�� NASSCOM Regional Council and Anuradha Bhavnani, Regional Director – Shell Foundation.
Vishwas Singh, Public Affairs Lead at Shuttl, thanked WRI for this recognition and added, a�?We know that women make around half of Indiaa��s population but labour force participation in urban areas is as low as 15.5%. Access to SAFE transport can change this. We at Shuttl want to drive that change by combining, both technology and group mobility, to provide safe and reliable transport at scale across Indian Cities.a�?
In March 2018, Shuttl had rolled out its SAFE features on all its 600 buses in the NCR. These include, Driver face-recognition, IVR, Ride sharing, and opt in Home Check feature. Shuttl surveys have shown 38% use Home-check, an opt -in feature that tracks womena��s safety post a Shuttl drop off and 44% use ride-share where the commuter can share their ride details with a friend or a family member who can then track their respective rides. An earlier World Resources Institute study had found that a large majority of respondents felt that women commuters preferred Shuttl over taxis because in addition to the smart features, they had a stronger sense of safety while travelling in groups.