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Crowdsourced Ride-Sharing

Avego iPhone App

— November 16, 2008 — Autos
In about two weeks, Avego will launch its revolutionary free iPhone app that promises to turn your car into part-time public transportation.

After the Avego app tracks your various transit routes, they are loaded into a database, where they are linked to other Avego users who travel a similar route. GPS-enabled Avego users with the best available car are selected to receive a request for pick-up; if accepted, the driver is sent a picture of the rider to authenticate.

The driver rates the rider experience from 1 to 5 via text on the iPhone, and the cost of the gas is split between all passengers. The goal is to have enough users to ensure that booking a request by 7:30 AM yields a pick-up within a few minutes.

Since, according to Avego, most cars currently run at 85% inefficiency, this great concept seems to offer a solution to economic, energy and environmental concerns all in one shot.
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