Need a lift on Guam? Take a Stroll

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A Stroll Guam driver takes a picture of tourist passengers excited for his ride. (Photo courtesy of Amit Sachdev)
A Stroll Guam driver takes a picture of tourist passengers excited for his ride. (Photo courtesy of Amit Sachdev)

Need a lift on Guam? Take a Stroll

by: Anne Jing Ping Wen | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: November 11, 2017
“Stroll Guam is the way of the future - but now,” according to owner Amit Sachdev. The technology-based company transports passengers, all with the ease of using your cell phone.

Similar to companies such as Uber and Grab, Stroll Guam was developed by Sachdev, a music producer who first developed the idea as he drove to a friend’s album release party.
 
“I had a long studio session, and I really didn’t want to go, drive and park,” he said.
 
Customers can download the Stroll Guam app in six different languages. The app uses a GPS system to determine your immediate location. Passengers then use their debit or credit card to pay.
 
After downloading the app, you pin your destination and receive a price estimate. If you process your request, the nearest driver has 20 seconds to decide if they want to make the trip. If not, the request goes to the next nearest driver, and so forth.
 
“It’s a cashless system because no driver wants a rider coming into the car feeling, ‘I have so much cash on me,’ and it also dismisses the problem of change,” said Sachdev.
 
On Guam, public transportation is lacking, and expensive taxis are not common for locals or the military community. Stroll Guam offers a viable solution to not only help people arrive at their destination, but also to help prevent car accidents from intoxicated drivers.
 
Sachdev tested out Uber, Instacart, Postmates and others, and was intrigued; he wondered if it was worth it.
 
“I was really intrigued by the business model and thought, ‘Is it worth it? Is it not worth it?’,” said Sachdev, who tested out other similar apps before starting Stroll.
 
Additionally, Stroll Guam offers a different revenue stream for those interested in driving for them. To date, the year-old company has completed nearly 9,000 rides, assisting mothers, coaches, and teachers in earning extra cash. According to Sachdev, PTO members are interested in transporting kids to school events.
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