Every time you jump in a cab, you're entrusting your safety to a stranger, and San Francisco-based startup SideCar rests on this idea but offers a more affordable alternative to taxis. SideCar allows people to catch a ride from someone in the community for a small "donation," that is, whatever the rider and driver agree is a good rate for the ride in question.
SideCar connects riders to trustworthy drivers, giving riders a more affordable way to get around and people with cars a way to earn some extra cash. The SideCar app is free; all you have to do is enter where you want to be picked up and dropped off, and the app finds you a list of drivers. It will also show you each driver's photo, his location, the type of car he drives and his name, as well as what riders typically donate in exchange for a ride. Then, you can make a decision depending on who is closest, who is most affordable, or even who looks the nicest of the bunch.