RYDE | World’s First Real-time Carpooling App | Behind the Ride – Mingzhen’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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24 Aug Behind the Ride – Mingzhen’s Take on Carpooling


Hello Mingzhen! Thanks for agreeing to be part of this interview.

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

Hello! I am Mingzhen, currently a full-time undergraduate.

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

I live in the North. During my school term, I have fixed commuting pattern usually – home to school and back. Sometimes, I will have activities after school or hang around town with my friends. Every weekend will be different because I like to explore new places.

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

A few months ago, a friend of mine recommended it to me. She likes RYDE a lot and also made new friends through it. Therefore, I decided to give RYDE a shot.

I love being around people and having this application allows me to know new people, even those who are much older. My trip is never boring with the interesting stories they share!

I used to stay in hall, but not anymore. Hence, traveling back and forth to school is really time consuming and tiring, especially on days when I have my morning classes. RYDE allows me to have more sleep time in the morning and also a fun trip to school!

What was your most memorable carpooling experience?

One weekday night, I requested for a RYDE at around 10pm. It was late and I was so thankful that a driver accepted my request! However, I made a mistake and entered a wrong start location and only realized it after the driver reached the wrong address. The location I entered was quite a distance away from my actual spot and I was so surprised that he made a detour to send me home nonetheless.

I truly appreciate that till today! The kind and friendly community that RYDE has is one of the reasons why I use the app frequently.

Would you support a Singapore start-up?

Yes, definitely! RYDE brings technology to a whole new level and many people are benefiting from it.

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