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Tickengo Shifts Ridesharing Into High Gear With Revolutionary "Open Ride" SystemFirst-of-Its-Kind Peer-to-Peer Transportation Marketplace Instantly Connects Ride Seekers to Local Drivers (February 15, 2012)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/15/12 -- Finding a ride to anywhere just got a lot more efficient and flexible, thanks to a revolutionary new OPEN RIDE system released today by Tickengo, a pioneering leader in the social rideshare space.
Available to Tickengo's community of 50,000+ smart riders and drivers, Open Ride is currently the only system of its kind to bring ride sharing to real time, by allowing ride seekers to post their ride requests instantly to all individual drivers in the local vicinity. Any nearby driver who is available and interested can accept the ride. No longer are ride seekers and drivers limited to complicated carpool booking systems offered by other rideshare networks.
Tickengo has rolled out the new offering to the Bay Area market, and plans to add more major markets next month. Open Ride is currently available online, and will soon debut on mobile devices, for immediate pickups with people driving nearby.
"Tickengo serves as a more economical and green alternative to government-regulated taxi services and private limousine services, like Uber for instance," said Jeremie Berrebi, a Tickengo investor and co-founder of Kima Ventures. "The company offers more at a lower cost by simply adding a turbo engine to a process that has existed since the invention of the automobile: the organization of ridesharing between private citizens. Tickengo does for ridesharing what Ebay did for flea markets."
The Ride Seeker Experience on Open Ride
Pierre from Paris is in vacation in his friend's house in the Marina district and needs a ride to SFO airport to catch is return flight to France. He logs on to Tickengo.com, and posts his ride request to Open Ride. Instantly, Pierre's request is received by text message by all nearby drivers who match his criteria (# of seats needed, price willing to pay, destination, etc). When the first driver accepts Pierre's ride request, a ticket is processed and emailed to Pierre with his driver's contact details and a PIN. The average response time is less than one hour and it can only take as little as just a few minutes to receive a driver confirmation. Once the ride has been given, the ride seeker facilitates payment by giving the safe, unique PIN to the driver. It's as simple as that.
The Driver Experience on Open Ride
"Donna the dog walker" from San Francisco is a registered driver on Tickengo, and receives a text alert that Pierre is requesting one seat in the next hour to SFO Airport and he's willing to pay $10. Donna wants to practice her French and is available, so she is the first driver of all nearby drivers to accept the ride. Pierre is pinged with her details and voilà, Donna is off to the Marina district to pick up her new friend and to drop him off at the airport. It's as simple as that.
Tickengo CEO Jeremie Romand stresses the importance of the simplicity of Open Ride: "It's been built on the simple idea that everyone should always have a friend who will give us a ride to get where we need to go. And in our community of drivers and passengers, it's as simple as sending out an open ride request."
Going to and from the airport, commuting, visiting friends, attending a conference, and any other activity requiring a ride has never been as easy, social and cheap as with Tickengo. Founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, California, Tickengo is a pioneering transportation community marketplace of 50,000+ smart people where Ride-seekers and drivers connect. Tickengo is available in the US, Canada and Europe, and offers a suite of corporate products to the business community (companies, venues, events organizers). Tickengo received seed funding in March 2011 from Kima Ventures and angel investors.
More information about how Tickengo works: https://tickengo.com/a/i/howItWorks
More information about safety: https://tickengo.com/a/i/SafetyCenter
Tickengo on YouTube: http: http://www.youtube.com/tickengo
Tickengo on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tickengo
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