RYDE | World’s First Real-time Carpooling App | Behind the Ride - Roger'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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02 Jun Behind the Ride – Roger’s Take on Carpooling


Great to have you as part of this interview, Roger!

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

I am a medical doctor who doesn’t drive and don’t intend to buy a car. 🙂

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

I live in Telok Blangah at the South, and I travel around Singapore quite a fair bit, because I work in various clinics/hospitals.

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

I learnt about RYDE from the news media as they were extolling the virtues of carpooling! It changed my life because it offers yet another means of getting around in Singapore.

Why I think RYDE’s pretty awesome:

1) Cheaper than conventional taxis,

2) You get to meet a variety of people/sit in a variety of cars,

3) It’s considered an ‘advance booking’ for car-sharing apps.

Best of all, carpooling is eco-friendly and practical in Singapore! As I can’t stand seeing many private cars jamming up the roads, and occupied by only one warm body – the driver.

What was your most memorable carpooling experience?

Once I sat in a heavily modified car belonging to a hipster ah-beng, and arrived va-va-vroom ‘gangsta-style’ at the hospital! Thus far, I’ve not had any bad experiences with RYDE! That in itself is memorable!

Would you support a Singapore start-up?

Absolutely! In fact, I’m thrilled that this start-up has received government grants and thus is able to offer its services at low-cost/charges.

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