Carpooling

  • Daimler acquires German P2P carpooling startup Flinc

    Daimler acquires German P2P carpooling startup Flinc

    Daimler — the German car giant that owns Mercedes-Benz among other brands — has made one more acquisition to further its reach in ridesharing and what it sees as the next generation of how cars are owned and used. It has acquired Flinc, a startup also out of Germany that has built a platform and app for peer-to-peer-style carpooling. People who are driving in one direction find… Read More

  • Via raises $250M led by Daimler to bring its carpooling technology to Europe

    Via raises $250M led by Daimler to bring its carpooling technology to Europe

    As outsized ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft continue to build out their taxi-style marketplaces largely based around connecting individual passengers to individual drivers, a startup focused squarely on the carpooling opportunity has raised a large round of funding to expand outside of the U.S. Via — which has developed a shuttle-based carpooling service that it offers directly… Read More

  • Nine requirements for a successful private ridesharing system Crunch Network

    Nine requirements for a successful private ridesharing system

    The future of urban mobility is rapidly changing as drivers look for safer and more effortless ways to move from point A to point B. While autonomous vehicles are on the horizon, ridesharing options are expanding beyond Uber and Lyft to incorporate drivers of single-occupancy cars to accept other riders on their commutes. Read More

  • Scoop gets Bay Area cities to pick up the tab for carpooling to alleviate traffic jams

    Scoop gets Bay Area cities to pick up the tab for carpooling to alleviate traffic jams

    A startup that matches riders with drivers for paid and pre-scheduled carpooling, Scoop, has inked a deal with two big towns in the increasingly congested commuter hubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Foster City and San Mateo. With this deal, each city is subsidizing carpoolers’ rides so that passengers only have to pay $2 each way, and will ostensibly refrain from driving solo or… Read More

  • Lyft pauses Carpool service

    Lyft pauses Carpool service

    Well, that was fast. Less than five months ago, Lyft launched a Carpool feature for people commuting outside of San Francisco city limits. The idea was that people would pick up passengers on their way to work and make anywhere from $4 to $10 per ride. The service, which was only available in the San Francisco Bay Area, has since shut down because not enough drivers were interested in… Read More

  • Green Commuter gets you to work in Tesla Model X

    Green Commuter gets you to work in Tesla Model X

    A vanpool is like a carpool, but a van can take more people to work in one trip. It is also significantly less cool-looking. But vanpoolers in Los Angeles need no longer worry about the potential for being uncool during the ride to work: Green Commuter has launched in the city with a fleet of all-electric, zero-emissions Tesla Model X SUVs. Green Commuter is a cross between a vanpool and… Read More

  • Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

    Google-owned navigation app Waze is expanding its ride-sharing ambitions with the launch of a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay area which will allow employees of select companies to carpool to and from work via Waze’s carpooling service. This program is similar to the service Waze began testing last year in Tel Aviv, Israel, via an app called “RideWith.” The app… Read More

  • Uber says that 20% of its rides globally are now on UberPool

    Uber says that 20% of its rides globally are now on UberPool

    Uber, the world’s biggest unicorn, got its start as a limo service that typically cost more than traditional taxi services. But as Uber looks to add an ever more mainstream audience globally, it has added more lower-cost options, and those are now coming into their own. Uber today said that 20 percent of all of its rides globally are now on UberPool services. David Plouffe… Read More

  • Tripda, Rocket Internet’s Carpooling Business, To Shut Down March 4

    Tripda, Rocket Internet’s Carpooling Business, To Shut Down March 4

    Another transportation startup has run out of gas while larger companies continue refuelling to tap into economies of scale. Tripda — a carpooling startup operating in 13 countries including the U.S. and backed by the Berlin-based incubator Rocket Internet — has announced that it will cease operations on March 4 after facing high operating costs and failing to raise funding to… Read More