RYDE | World’s First Real-time Carpooling App | Behind the Ride – Karen Tang
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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04 Nov Behind the Ride – Karen Tang


1) Share with us your most memorable carpool experience (or share a few!)

During my rides, not only do we get to know more people, we also learn about what they work as, the stories and life lessons they share with us. It also makes going home less of a bore as there is someone to talk to!

Once, I had a car owner who used to be in the army and was dispatched to help during the 2004 tsunami. He shared how he had to help retrieve dead bodies and search for survivors. Due to this experience, he was so traumatized he had to leave the army even though he has signed on to serve. It was a morbid conversation thread no doubt but it does give me a reminder as to how short life is. It can be taken away from us at any time. Live and let live.

2) Why do you want to win the car?

So that I can be a RYDE driver. Through that, I can save the environment by reducing my carbon footprint and defray the cost of my transportation. Killing two birds with one stone!

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