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Matching commuters by mobile phone

05.01.2005


Amid concern over fuel costs, parking and air quality, it’s time to reconsider carpooling. The new system called Dynamic Carpool offers the pros of ride-sharing without the cons.



Now in use at Amsterdam’s Schiphol business park, the mobile-phone-based system links riders and drivers in a flexible, hassle-free manner.

“For the first time, we offer real-time matching of trip requests and offers in an ‘eBay’ manner,” says Antti Hannula, CEO for Ecolane. The system enables commuters to decide each morning whether they want to share a ride, and when. The system takes care of the rest, including payments, security and ensuring that no journey is extended by more than a few minutes.


“We have three patents pending and are expanding to other markets in 2005,” he says.

Mira Banerjee | alfa
Further information:
http://www.tekes.fi
http://www.ecolane.com

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