RYDE | World’s First Real-time Carpooling App | Behind the Drive - Sebastian's Take on Carpooling
RYDE is a community based initiative that uses mobile and geo-location technology to match riders, who request for rides, with drivers going the same way. At the end of the ride, riders donate cash directly to drivers to defray the cost of the trip. RYDE does not take a cut from the donation but charges a booking fee, through a credit card transaction, to facilitate the match.
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07 Jul Behind the Drive – Sebastian’s Take on Carpooling


Thanks for agreeing to be part of this interview, Sebastian!

Maybe you could start by telling us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m an easygoing person. I like to spend time with a company of friends at least once a week at pubs. I have a few hobbies such as watching movies, reading up on investment articles, going to the gym, listening to music and singing karaoke once in a while.

Where do you live? What are your commuting patterns in the week?

I live in Caspian Condo, next to Lakeside MRT. My working hours are flexible. It ranges from 9am plus to around 6pm or earlier. As I’m a Regional Manager, my direct boss is located overseas, therefore, I have the flexibility in terms of reporting time to the office.

How did you know about RYDE? How did it change your life?

I knew RYDE through The Straits Times. It has changed my life in a sense that now I can pick up someone along the way and cover some of my expenses. But my concerns are the ERP charges that are not taken into the carpool fare calculations. Sometimes, drivers do need to make a detour to go into the city area during peak hours to pick a rider.

Apart from that, I get to know people from all walks of life! I learn more about what they do for a living and hear their life stories while driving them to their designated locations. Carpooling is also environmentally friendly and helps to reduce congestion.

What was your most memorable carpooling experience?

My most memorable carpooling experience at this point is probably knowing one of the passengers who is an editor from RYDE. I only started driving as a RYDE driver late April.

Would you support a Singapore start-up?

Certainly yes for a carpooling company!

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