Innovations in Ridesharing Offerings

This article explores how some technological innovations, such as social networking, are changing traditional ridesharing models. The author focuses on the use of these technologies to allow for the matching of drivers and passengers in real-time. The author first presents a brief history of ridesharing as it developed in the 1970s and changed through the turn of the 21st century. The article then outlines how rideshare services can be tied in with social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter; the rise of real-time or casual carpooling; the role of GPS-enabled devices; and how some providers are already offering services (Avego Shared Transport in Kinsale, Ireland and Carticipate in San Francisco, California). The author concludes that the challenge now is to test these new services in different markets, learn what works, learn which groups of stakeholders are in a position to effect change, and continuously innovate.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 21-22
  • Serial:
    • TDM Review
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Association for Commuter Transportation

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154882
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 19 2010 9:41AM