Everyone who drives a car can relate to a situation where the car breaks down and there are no auto-repair services nearby. The problems can range from a simple flat tire to engine failures or even requiring a jump start or towing. Not having a mechanic close by can be extremely unnerving, especially if one is in a rush for a job interview or an important meeting. A mobile app named Urgently aims to help people stuck in situations that require car assistance. Founded by Chris Spanos, Surendra Goel and Luke Kathol, Urgently works like Uber, wherein individuals who need roadside assistance can connect with the nearest car services through the app.
What’s better is that users will be shown the charges for requested services in the app itself. Furthermore, payments can also be handled through the application. The company has now raised $21 million in a Series B round of funding from venture divisions of auto giants BMW, Porsche, and Jaguar Land Rover. Such an app has enormous potential, making it an attractive asset for corporations that own or operate large fleets. Other service providers like AAA charge annual membership fees, making them unavailable for a significant portion of car owners. Urgently has the ability to put an auto mechanic within reach of everyone, anywhere, anytime. Its business model makes it easily scalable.
As more electric cars continue to flood the market, charging might soon become a valued service that can be integrated with the services that Urgently can connect with.