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An easier, cheaper trip

New app, “Carpooling,” seeks to simplify ride sharing
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Music blaring, car packed with friends, luggage and junk food, headed to a concert, a coast, or maybe even the ever popular Cedar Point. These are just a few typical road trip examples that the new app, Carpooling, wants to improve upon.
Carpooling became available in the U.S. as of December 2014. According to UWire, a college press release website, Carpooling is the number one ridesharing app in Europe. Now they seek their U.S. title.
Here’s how it works. If you want to be the driver you put your start and end points for your road trip into the app, how many seats you have available in your vehicle and how much you’re charging per seat.
If you want to ride, you put your start and end location in the app and it will generate a list of people and their trips that match your criteria. Then both driver and passenger must confirm the ride to make it official.
Here’s the catch. Carpooling receives a 19 percent cut of what your passengers pay to ride. All users must have a Paypal account. Paypal ensures the driver gets their money and Carpooling gets their cut.
Additionally, common sense should be exercised. Carpooling does not check the validity of users’ licenses nor do they do background checks on users. All personal information, vehicle type, license plate, contact information etc., is provided by the user. Accounts are linked to users’ Facebook profiles which allow their profile picture to be seen in the app.
However, Carpooling does offer a rating system. Passengers can rate drivers with a one to five star rating and both the passenger and driver comments are available for users to peruse.
While the app is still not nearly as popular in the states as it is across the pond, an alternative, yet similar use for the app should be considered.
Some students travel over 35 miles every day to take classes at SC4. This app could open a new digitized carpooling system for commuting students. Carpooling is especially relevant now in the harsh winter months. Students could get connected with fellow SC4 attendees who drive a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Or by ride sharing, students could keep more vehicles off the road therefore hopefully lessening the chances of car accidents.
Freshmen students from Burtchville, Sydney Relken, 19, and Alex Perry, 18, have differing views on the app.
Relken says she would use the app. “If someone needed a ride I wouldn’t mind. I like helping people out,” said Relken. But Perry has her own qualms saying, “I’m reserved. I wouldn’t want to be with random people. It’s not that I don’t trust them. I would just feel weird.”
Carpooling users may be scarce now, but according to Uwire, Carpooling CEO Markus Barnikel, is confident the app will quickly reach it popularity potential.