Vancouver-based Company Wants You To Do More By Driving Less

BY VANCITY BUZZ
6:39 AM PDT, THU DECEMBER 10, 2015

If you drive a car in Vancouver, chances are that you’ve wasted many hours of your life stuck in traffic or waiting in line to get on the Lions Gate Bridge. For many of us, nothing beats travelling in our own vehicle, but there are all sorts of things we would rather be doing with our time than having our hands glued to the wheel. Kater, a Vancouver based tech company, is here to solve that problem.

Kater is a new service which provides vehicle owners with access to a network of tested, verified chauffeurs.

Users can book a driver to arrive at a location and have themselves driven to and from their chosen destination in their own vehicle. This eliminates the need for users to worry about driving, parking and other hassles that go along with vehicle usage without having to sacrifice the comfort and convenience of vehicle ownership. Users can also request that drivers perform simple errands like filling up gas or getting the car serviced.

Kater sees people using the service for everything from airport transportation to commuting to meetings and appointments, as well as ferrying them to and from events and evenings out (especially those which involve alcohol consumption).

When speaking about Kater’s slogan, “Do More”, Marketing Manager, Mandeep Khara, states that “It is meant to represent the value that Kater provides. With Kater, passengers can use their time in more productive ways than driving. On the other side, Kater drivers can earn extra money driving whenever they choose. With Kater, both groups are able to do more with their time”. It’s a win, win business model.

In addition, the competitive wages Kater drivers earn are often higher than those for other similar transportation apps. Combine that with the fact that Kater drivers do not have the same operating expenses like fuel and their own vehicle, and driving with Kater becomes a very attractive option for those looking to make some extra cash.

Since November, Kater has been in its pre-launch beta testing phase and it has successfully served over 125 rides to date. While currently only operating in Metro Vancouver, Kater has plans to expand to other cities like Seattle, Los Angeles and London in 2016.

Kater is currently connecting drivers and passengers through its website, while its smartphone app gets the finishing touches in time for its target January 2016 release date. Interested in being driven by a Kater driver, or becoming one? Visit Kater.com to find out more.

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Kater’s Mobile App Lets You Experience The Beauty Of Being Driven In Your Own Car

JUN 27, 2016

Kater allows business professionals to enjoy the comfort of travelling in their own vehicle, without having to be behind the wheel

Imagine if travelling to an event, preparing for a business meeting or getting to the airport was a pleasant and productive experience, where a certified chauffeur would drive you around in the comfort of your own vehicle. Traffic snarls weren’t stressful. Circling the block looking for parking was no longer an issue. Those time-consuming post-work errands like picking up the dry cleaning or gassing up the car no longer felt like chores? Instead, everything was taken care of by your own driver. Sound amazing? Well, this can be your reality and for the affordable rate of $25 an hour.

Kater is a new, round-trip chauffeur service that’s evolving the way people think about commuting by connecting clients to pre-screened professional drivers, all through a convenient and comprehensive mobile app. Drivers are booked in advance and since the entire system is cashless and seamless, there are no surprises at the end of the trip or need to calculate a tip. The innovative service was beta-tested and then launched last summer and complemented by the development of an app that became available in March. Now, Kater is planning to expand to major cities throughout North America and beyond.

Unlike expensive limousine services, Kater makes the most of an asset you already own: your vehicle. By offering a smart and affordable alternative to driving, Kater removes the dangerous temptation of distracted driving and gives people more free time. It helps people rethink when it makes sense to drive and when it’s smarter to call on a professional.

“Kater is saving me money and creating more efficiency in time,” says Stuart McFadden, a realtor and customer of Kater who uses the service two to three times a week travelling from his White Rock home to events in downtown Vancouver. Rather than spending a tiresome three hour round-trip drive focusing on the road, McFadden settles into the back seat of his own vehicle and makes phone calls or takes time to unwind en route—all for a fraction of what it would cost for him to take a cab.

“I do a lot of charity auctions where I’ll go downtown,” says McFadden, who sometimes attends multiple events during the course of an evening. The driver drops him off and waits for him in between stops; plus there’s no headache parking or walking in the rain, he adds. Having another beer while watching a live Canucks game isn’t a worry either: the professional driver is available during the entire booking, or longer if the game goes into overtime.

McFadden recently took advantage of Kater’s concierge service, another built-in perk. The driver picked up some packages in North Vancouver for McFadden while he enjoyed himself at an event in Vancouver.

Compared to a cab, Kater is a “personal assistant on wheels,” says McFadden. “It’s less expensive and there’s better service.” The father of four also uses Kater for airport runs instead of piling into two taxis with kids and luggage, which can be an expensive and stressful ordeal. With Kater, everyone gets into his family-sized SUV for a safe and comfortable drive and the chauffeur returns the vehicle—freshly washed—to McFadden’s home. The perks and cost-savings are great says McFadden, but they’re not what he values most. “No stress,” he says. “That’s the best part.”

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Kater App Connects Car Owners With Drivers To Decrease Driving Distractions

September 26, 2016 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — ()–After a successful beta-launch, a Vancouver based technology company launches a new mobile app which gives you the convenience of riding in your own vehicle without the hassle and stress of driving. It’s called Kater, a comprehensive app that connects vehicle owners with professional chauffeurs who drive them around in the comfort of their own vehicle.

Kater is a round-trip chauffeur service. It takes the woes out of driving by removing the inconveniences of time-consuming commutes, searching for parking or determining how to get you and your car home safe after having a few drinks. Travelling to an event, preparing for a business meeting or getting to the airport can be a productive, safe and enjoyable experience.

After installing the app, vehicle owners can pre-schedule a vetted driver to arrive at their pick-up location. The entire process is cashless and seamless; there are no surprises at the end of the trip and no need to calculate a tip.

The cost? An affordable rate of $25 an hour.

Kater allows you to make the most out of an asset you already own, your vehicle. Unlike expensive limousines, town cars or services such as Uber or Lyft, your vehicle is perfectly suited to your tastes and needs. There is a sense of comfort and reliability that comes with being in a car that you know is well maintained.

Features that set Kater apart from other transportation apps include:

  • The ability to track your driver, even when you are not in the car.
  • In app messaging center that allows you to request errands, pick-ups or extend your trip.
  • A driver rating system, so you know you’re getting a reliable, peer-reviewed driver.

Kater drivers undergo an extensive vetting process, which looks at driving history and conducts background checks, before they are approved. Interested in driving with Kater? Apply at kater.com.

“Our beta test in Vancouver gave us an opportunity to see how users and drivers interact with Kater and each other, allowing us to improve the concept and technology” says Mark Catroppa, the Co-founder of Kater. During the beta test alone, Kater freed up over 3000 hours of driving time for users– time now spent being more productive, less stressed and enjoying a whole new way of commuting.

With a 91% customer retention rate, Kater is now launched in Vancouver, with plans to launch in other major Canadian cities shortly. The app is available on iOS and Android devices. It can be downloaded on the Apple Store and Google Play. Download the app and use promo code Kater25 to get your first hour free. Visit kater.com for more information.

About Kater:

Like many great ideas before it, Kater was conceived out of an inconvenience. The staff at Monark Group, the founding company of Kater, was regularly pained by the amount of time and productivity the team lost while driving and parking when regularly commuting between their office in South Surrey, and meetings in downtown Vancouver or the airport. The alternatives faced were overpriced limos and town cars, or unreliable taxis which lacked convenience and comfort while also being overpriced and underwhelming in terms of style. This problem did not have an acceptable solution, hence Kater was born.

Contacts

Kater Technologies Inc.
Raman Khtaria
Project Manager
media@kater.com
kater.com

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