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An app to encourage carpooling has been developed in Western Australia by a group of friends frustrated by high CBD car parking fees and public transport costs. A million more cars are expected to be on WA roads by 2020, and app developer Ben Rattigan said carpooling was an immediate, cheap and obvious way to reduce the volume of traffic during peak periods. abc.net.au/news/2015-04-10/carpooling-app-developed-in-wa/6385204

Want to share a lift to work? This Perth startup is here to help

By Broede Carmody www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/start-up-profiles/want-to-share-a-lift-to-work-this-perth-startup-is-here-to-help/2015041414525.html A new ridesharing service has launched in Western Australia with the aim of pairing up people who regularly drive along a similar route. Hitch a Ride, a new startup based in Perth, hopes to save people money and reduce traffic by getting people to share lifts and split the costs of petrol and parking. Unlike with on-demand services such as Lyft and Uber, payment is optional and negotiated directly between the driver and passenger. “It’s more of a social network than just an on-demand service like Uber,” co-founder Ben Rattigan told StartupSmart “You can log either a hitch or a drive and then once you do that, it comes up for your Facebook friends and if they are going in the same direction you can organise when and where to meet up and you can share a ride.” Rattigan says while he is aware of Lyft…Keep Reading

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Carpooling app designed to beat high parking fees in Perth Article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-10/carpooling-app-developed-in-wa/6385204 An app to encourage carpooling has been developed in Western Australia by a group of friends frustrated by high CBD car parking fees and public transport costs. A million more cars are expected to be on WA roads by 2020, and app developer Ben Rattigan said carpooling was an immediate, cheap and obvious way to reduce the volume of traffic during peak periods. The Hitch A Ride app, developed by Mr Rattigan and six of his friends, works by identifying shared routes and linking up those offering a lift with potential passengers. “If I need a lift somewhere I’d log a ‘hitch’ and that would come up in everyone’s feed, then if someone is going that direction they click on my profile, we start chatting and arrange a time to meet,” Mr Rattigan said. “Whether or not you…Keep Reading