Real-time ridesharing is here! Would you rideshare, if it were convenient? Maybe? Would you rideshare for a reward? Did I get you attention? Who is rewarded? Drivers earn rewards and riders save money. This sounds like a no hassle carpool. Where do I sign up?
Currently, it is only offered in the Seattle area for the SR 520 highway. It is called g0520 Real-Time Ridesharing and they are matching drivers and riders in real-time. This is real-time ridesharing program to share a ride whenever and wherever you want. What do I need to do? You need a smart phone, an app and GPS does the rest. Avego Corporation offers go520 application. Drivers earn money and riders save money. All the benefits of carpooling without the hassles! The biggest benefit is the driver is now eligible to ride in the HOV lane. Commuters from downtown Seattle or to downtown Seattle can benefit as a driver or rider.
How does it work? You must sign up and you will instantly find out if someone requests a ride. As a driver, if you picked up three (3) riders you could earn average $2-300 per month. You get to rate each other on a 5 point system. If either rider or driver receives a low rating, you will never be matched again. All you need is a Windows Phone 7 device or iPhone and pick up riders along the route.
Riders pay for the ride, but receive credits and other incentives for ridesharing. No cash is exchanged between riders and drivers. Pick up and drop off locations are never residential addresses, but the closest public stop location or a busy location. Self policing rating system and driver safety protects everyone involved. All participants are registered in the system and matches can be restricted by gender or user rating.
Sounds like everyone benefits! You can make some money as a driver to reduce your gas costs and riders save some money. You get to use the HOV lane which means a faster commute. Sound like a win/win to me. I am looking forward to it catching on and coming to a city near me soon! It is almost motivating me to get a smart phone. Would you participate? Is real-time ridesharing in your future? Lets put this out on the social network and create a ground swell to bring it to a city near you. What do you think? Real-time ridesharing is here!
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