Ride-Sharing Apps Take Off

September 14, 2012 12:00 AM

Ride-Sharing Apps Take Off

" From urban dwellers to long-distance commuters, more and more Americans are opting to leave the driving to others – and taking advantage of the growing number of ride-sharing apps available today.

The potential audience is huge. Census survey data shows the percentage of people car-pooling has remained around 10 percent for several years. Some five percent of commuters use public transportation and a whopping 76 percent drive alone. But convincing people to give up a car and share a ride with a stranger? With the number of ride-sharing apps popping up recently, it could just be that the time is right.

While some are limited to certain cities or geographic areas, other startups have intentions of going national, while yet still more are already doing business nationwide. The basic principle is the same: passengers looking for a ride use the app to post their request and the app searches for drivers in the vicinity willing to provide rides. Security concerns about riding with a stranger are handled by thorough prescreening. Cost of the ride varies, with some fares a voluntary donation at a recommended amount. User ratings help keep things on an even keel "

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