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Social Ridesharing Looks to Avoid Legal Issues

Citation: John Gartner — May 13, 2015 https://www.navigantresearch.com/blog/social-ridesharing-looks-to-avoid-legal-issues Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have grown quickly despite resistance from some local governments over their legality of operation. To avoid the legal morass, new services, such as BlueNet-Ride, are leveraging social networks and avoiding directly competing with taxi and limousine services. BlueNet-Ride Based in Taipei, Taiwan, BlueNet-Ride uses Facebook to connect people interested in attending events. Attendees can carpool or group together to rent a taxi as a means of reducing the cost and emissions of traveling to concerts, sporting, or other events. Created by National Taipei University of Technology Associate Professor of Electronic Engineering Shih-Chia Huang and his students, the service connects Facebook users with friends or friends of friends as a safer alternative to traveling with unknown drivers. Searching for Riders and Drivers During an interview in Shenzhen, China, Huang said the backend to the mobile application is…Keep Reading

Hitch-A-Ride video from ABC

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

Hitch A Ride on ABC News!

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