Friday, October 27, 2006

Commute cool with car pool

Commute cool with car pool
Bangalorean Starts Online Facility; 1,285 Users Register
The Times of India

Bangalore: Do snarling traffic jams, loud honking and pollution greet you every morning? With the city’s public transport leaving a lot to be desired, IT professional Vipul Kasera has an answer for you — car pools.
Kasera, who himself uses a pool every morning from Basaveshwaranagar to his office on Airport Road, has started an online city car pool forum on www.commuteasy.com. Specify the location of your residence and your office and timings and a car pool will reach you.
“Research has shown that in most Indian metropolitan cities, the occupancy rate of a car is 1.3 persons. Which means that usually, only the person who’s driving uses the car, while there’s room for at least four more persons,” says Kasera. “This is a criminal waste of resources and adds to traffic every morning. Imagine if there were only one-fourth the cars on the roads.”
This initiative, that was started last month, has 1,285 registered users, with at least 120 registered pools. “At least 85% of the users are IT professionals, while the remaining are students from colleges like R V College of Engineering and B M S College of Engineering,” says Kasera. Little wonder then that most car pools are headed to the IT hubs, Electronics City, Marathahalli, Whitefield and Airport Road.
Women too seem to have taken to the pool as the site has around 300 women registered. “Most women prefer a pool where there’s at least one more woman or an all-woman pool,” observes Kasera.
The flexibility of the car pool is its USP. All users can either take turns with their cars or hitch a ride with one person and split the fuel cost on a weekly basis. “Some even hire a city cab and divide the cost incurred among themselves. Some companies offer to foot half the bill as an encouraging measure,” he says.
Kasera has no control over the pools that result from his effort, which is a free service. It helped that Kasera’s employer company ThoughtWorks was greatly supportive of his effort. So far, e-mail chains and Orkut have been the only method of promoting the car pool. “I even wrote to Google asking them if it’s alright to speak about my site. They replied saying they don’t mind since it was for a social cause,” he says.
POOL IT
Users can take turns with their cars Or hitch a ride and split the fuel cost on weekly basis Some hire a cab and divide the cost Women prefer a pool where there is at least one more woman Corporates offer incentives to employees who pool

3 Comments:

At Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 8:29:00 AM GMT+5:30, Blogger Commute easy said...

hi thanks for the article.
The correct link however is www.commuteeasy.com

 
At Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 10:43:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good article. Using carpool we can save time and money.Ant it saves our environment. Saw a web site which is not specific to certain states but targets whole country. and you can share any kind of vehicles.web site is

http://www.vshareride.com

If a person have a vehicle(car, going bu auto or share auto) can share his/her ride with somebody who is going from same place. It is working based on pincode. User should give their starting and destination pincode and in the description can give more details about the timings, exact place and so on. interested person will contact through email. It is very secure and user friendly.

 
At Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 5:48:00 AM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me join the bandwagon of carpool/rideshare websites creators...

http://www.svasearch.com

I just designed this rideshare/carpool site for India and USA. Trying to get the word out desperately to people...Hopefully this blog can do the trick for me.

 

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