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Friday, November 2, 2012

There's a New App to Share Car Rides

Posted by on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Owning a car is really expensive—and Seattle's public transit system sucks. So today in Seattle, a new company is launching an app called Sidecar that would help connect drivers with folks who want to carpool. Initially, it will only be available from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

It works like this: People who need rides will open the app and drop a pin where they need to be picked up and the address where they need to go. Nearby drivers will get a notification and, if they are available, go pick up the wayward traveler. The app suggests a donation amount for the ride and Sidecar charges the credit card the users have on file. At the end of the ride, there is an opportunity for both rider and driver to rate each other and the enjoyability of the ride. It's a bit like the couchsurfing.org model, which uses peer reviews to verify the credibility of the users.

The San Francisco-based company is expanding to Seattle because of the demographic and cultural similarities between the two cities. they say. "Seattle’s tech savvy populace and culture of innovation make this city the logical next choice to accelerate the crowdsourced transportation movement," said CEO Sunil Paul.

I've used Craigslist to rideshare, but Sidecar seems less sketchy, given that there is a record of whose car you're in, when they picked you up, and ratings of the driver from other users. San Francisco is a pioneer of ridesharing within the US but socialists Europeans have been doing this forever. Ridesharing in Berlin—or Mitfahrgelegenheit—is popular and effective. Who knows if it will catch on in Seattle, but for folks paying tolls to cross 520, people who don't want to take the bus, or drivers who want to cut their gas bill, hey, this may be just what they need.

 

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Will in Seattle 1
Actually, you'll be able to bike across 520 when it's built.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM · Report this
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Some company called Avego has been doing this over the 520 bridge for a while now. I'm not sure if it's been successful though.
Posted by decidedlyodd on November 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
Sounds like a great way to be kidnapped and raped. And there's an app for that
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
treacle 4
There's also a new app to put William Shatner's words --spoken by him-- in any poetic order you want!

Shatoetry!

Who cares about carpooling when you have Shatoetry at your fingertips!
Posted by treacle on November 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
treacle 5
"there is an opportunity ... to rate each other and the enjoyability of the ride"

I'll BET there is! (wink wink) Hubba hubba!
Posted by treacle on November 2, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
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Owning a car is expensive? Not if you have a good income and care about your productivity. Basic facts of life that 90% of Slog has failed at.
Posted by Enjoy the bus losers on November 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 7
Seattle's transit system does not suck. Could it be better at what it does? Could YOU Ms. UnpaidIntern do better at what you do? Yes to both, but that does not mean transit sucks, but I think it might mean you are a big meany meany that is not nice and hates kittens and puppies.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this
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Just FYI Avego gave up everybody's passwords to a hacker by being incompetent.
Posted by daniel12312321321321 on November 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
That said, the 358 express does suck. Always has. Always will.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
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Why would you rideshare across 520 when a hundred buses a day do the same thing, day and night? Bus fare is $2.25 to $3, and the toll is almost always more than that.

Plus, you get to ride with a LOT of weird strangers, not just one.

Posted by bigyaz on November 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM · Report this
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@3: I was thinking the same thing. Hitchhiking is hitchhiking; using an app instead of your thumb doesn't make it any safer.
Posted by Orv on November 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
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@10: Exactly. The problem with this app, and also with Avego, is that the corridors on which it would be most effective (like 520) are also the few corridors for which transit really works. The 545 is one of the best buses in Puget Sound. It's fast, frequent, reliable, comfortable, and safe. Why would you need to take anything else?

In contrast, the trips for which transit doesn't work so well -- like Ballard to Capitol Hill -- probably going to be well-served by this app either. But I'd love to be wrong...
Posted by aleks on November 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM · Report this
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I also have an app to share for taxi driver. I find that useful to navigate yourself.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inavigati…

iNavigations

Here is the description

Aim: Every day after school or work, we might feel tired. We usually take a nap in transportations. However, there is a problem – we often miss the bus stop of our destination.
iNavigate provides an “alarm clock” controlled by user.
Wherever you wish to go, just plug a pin on the map. The app will automatically show the actual distance between your location and your destination (provided that you've connected to the internet). Then input your required distance before it alarms you, for example 200m.
The actual distance will change when you are proceeding the destination, when the number at the right hand corner drops below 200m (in this case, when 200m>199m), the alarm will on immediately. Then you won't miss the bus stop.
Posted by Freylco on November 7, 2012 at 5:49 PM · Report this
GlibReaper 14
Avego is either dead or used by secret groups who don't interact with others. Every time I've logged in, I've seen a single ride request headed out somewhere I will probably never visit.
Posted by GlibReaper on April 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM · Report this

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