Gallery: Zebigo App Lets You Make Money from Carpooling

 

Zebigo is a new app that matches carpool drivers with riders on the same route and allows them to diffuse the cost of commuting. Drivers can sign up to offer their services, and riders can find a car within minutes of needing to leave on their commute or trip to an event. Riders pay drivers based on mileage, plus a 49-cent fee to Zebigo, and everyone benefits from a greener drive in the carpool lane. We love how Zebigo has created this ridesharing service based on an app, using drivers’ existing cars, so there is no fleet to manage.

Our favorite thing about Zebigo is that both drivers and riders have control over whether they choose to ride only with background checked users, whether they prefer to only ride with a particular gender, or if they only want to ride with coworkers from their company. Both drivers and riders are also rated and reviewed on Zebigo’s website, so you can choose your carpooling partner based on reputation. Zebigo costs more than public transit but less than a cab ride. To see if the service is for them, riders can ride free for up to 29 miles of their first trip. That’s a hard offer to turn down, if you’re interested in buddying up with someone to green your commute.

+ Zebigo

Via Wired.com

Second photo © Justin Cozart

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  1. lazyreader August 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

    They have a similar unofficial system. Throughout the D.C metro area, within Maryland and Virginia is a concept called slugging. informal carpools for purposes of commuting, essentially a variation of ride-share commuting and hitchhiking. While the practice is most common in the DC area it’s popular in San Francisco and Houston and Europe. The first HOV lanes in DC were built in 1975. The new lanes, frustration over failures of public-transport systems and high fuel prices, led to creation in the led to “slugging”, a sort of hitchhiking between strangers where typically no money exchange takes place. While passengers are able to travel for free, or cheaper than via other modes of travel, and HOV drivers sometimes pay no tolls, “slugs are, above all, motivated by time saved, not money pocketed”. Concern for the environment is not their primary motivation. Slugging is informal, ad hoc, and free, in 30 years no violence or crime has ever been reported from Washington D.C. slugging and since it’s totally voluntary no government supervision is needed.

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