carpooling.com, the world’s largest carpooling platform, with over 3.6 million registered users has released interesting information about the demographic of the typical carpooler, and it is not quite as you may think! carpooling.com, which is available in 9 countries and 7 languages, can be accessed through computer, mobile website, iPhone app or Android app and is the largest carpooling network in the world. The idea, created by 3 German university students has taken off becoming a global phenomenon.
The site, which is already available in the UK, known as www.carpooling.co.uk will be launching later this year in the U.S. The principle of the website is simple, that people traveling together is better for the environment while also saving transport costs.
There are 1 billion cars on the planet, 78% of trips made in cars are made alone which means there is a massive under-used resource of empty car seats on the motorway. Carpooling.com’s websites provides a hub for users who want to travel together to reduce pollution, congestion, carbon dioxide emissions while saving up to 75% on their travel costs at the same time. In the ten years which they have been around they have managed to contribute a great deal to reducing human’s impact on the environment, including 324 million liters of petrol being saved.
HOW IT WORKS >>
Drivers can enter a trip they are making onto the website, how many spare seats they have available, when they are making the journey and how much petrol contribution they expect. Passengers can search for a driver who is making the same journey as them. With a few clicks the passenger can book a seat in the carpool, in the same way as you would book a seat in a train. The carpooling network is also introducing online payment for users who may wish to use the convenience of Paypal to transfer their fee online.
carpooling.com recently created an infographic showing their users‘ profile. It may not be quite as you imagine. Often the image of a carpooler is conjured up a student wearing tie dyed clothes with unwashed hair, however it seems the carpooling.com profile is affluent females who are savvy travellers, using carpooling to complement their transport mode mix.
Given the international success of the concept of carpooling, their recognition by the UN as a successful example of Greening transport and pending arrival in the US, perhaps you’ll consider using carpooling to reduce your affect on the planet?
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Written by: http://www.carpooling.co.uk