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November 8, 2009 – Share Rides And Save On Commuting

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , , — Neha @ 11:31 pm

Tired of travel troubles, those unwanted additional expenses of going to and from the airport, last minute hiccups like unavailability of cab and worst of all, the unpredictable and inconvenient public transport??

We have found a quick fix web service which takes care of all your travel woes. If that isn’t enough, you will be pro-actively saving the environment. RideInSync is a web/ mobile based service with redeeming social value. The service pairs up passengers based on the location, time, organization and flight. This application enables people to share transportation on a real time basis. So, you get the benefits of an AC cab at half the price!!

RideInSync is the brainchild of Deepesh Agarwal, an Indian School of Business (ISB) alumni. This is an entrepreneurial venture initiated by him to reduce the transportation cost and sensitize people towards environmental problems, by reducing the number of vehicles on the road. Deepesh Aggarwal came up with this out of the box idea with one guiding principle – save money while saving environment. During the first pilot run in April 2009, when the service was made available to the new batch of ISB students, 120 students used the service from the airport to the ISB, saving Rs 36,000 and 200 litres of fuel.
The concept used is very simple and effective. Through the website you can search for a co-passenger who stays close by (within 4 kms) and is going to the same destination. You have an option to choose from the list of co-passengers depending on your preference for:

  • Location – Is he from the same building/locality?
  • Starting time – Is he starting at around the same time?
  • Company – Does he work for the same company?
  • Flight – Is he in the same flight?
  • Gender

After the ride partner is approved by the service users by mutual consent, both the parties receive confirmation SMS and email. They also provide an option of discounted cab in the case of inability to find a partner. The cash payment has to be directly made to the cab driver at the end of the journey. The cab rates have been kept in compliance with the current market rates. For eg, From Airport to Hyderabad/Secunderabad city the shared AC Toyota Innova fare varies between Rs250 to Rs300 depending on the time of travel. Now, this is like getting the benefits of an AC cab at the rate of an auto!

This webservice has been made extremely user friendly as it can used through website or mobile. Infact, in case of mobile one SMS can do the trick without any GPRS hassles. The user has to first register which essentially requires corporate email ID. This has been made mandatory to ensure only trusted people can register and to avoid any untoward situation. The user has to login with the credentials and fill the details. Mobile users don’t have to think twice as the SMS charge is also as per the normal plan. There is facility of separate and shared cabs but shared cabs cannot be used by family members. Last minute cancellation, don’t panic! User can cancel his booking two hours prior to the pickup time.
This service is currently available only to and from the airport in Hyderabad and Secunderabad but will be expanded to other routes and cities shortly.
So, all the Hyderabad professionals, undoubtedly it’s a win-win situation for you. Happy Riding!!!

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