Drijo is the Ebay of Car Pooling*/Ride Sharing and powered by
Google Maps API
on: May 21, 2008, 3:20 am
Release Author: Walter
Release Summary: At www.drijo.com an auction-based website can
be found which offers ride-sharing and car-pooling, making partial
use of Google Maps(TM) technology
Press Release Body: Mountain View,
CA, May 21, 2008
sharing & car pooling is a phenomena similar to a second-hand
product market. In both cases a great majority of people are not
doing it principally for environmental reasons but to save cost,
use High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, etc.
is first and foremost a social stigma and practicality/matching
issue to find the right person to share a ride.
that dilemma eBay overcame three issues in the product market.
To have value attributed to seemingly worthless second-hand stuff
( which would be the empty seats in ride sharing ). To make it
socially acceptable to buy second-hand in many industrialized
countries. In all cases it is socially accepted to save costs
a visually very attractive way, DriJo offers
a simple method to overlay and compare routes of drivers and potential
passengers. "Using an auction-based method similar to
other popular auction sites should," according to the
CEO Walter, "animate more drivers to
offer rides, especially on highly demanded routes".
with its auction-based ride-sharing model assures that:
and demand of routes based on the starting and arrival address
are overlaid and compared automatically and shown on maps or satellite
pictures, based on the Google Maps( TM ) database, practically
all addresses, even remote ones in the country-side, can be found
- similarly to navigation devices,
cost of ride sharing between driver and passenger is determined
by supply and demand via an auction, a registration of all users
gives additional security, feedback after traveling by both driver
and passenger increases the trustworthiness of both of them.
matching also allows to compare longer routes with shorter requests,"
according to the CTO Peter, "and the
driver can even define an optional pick-up and drop-off zone along
the route to be more attractive to potential passengers."
ride-sharing is popular in both the US and Europe. In the primary
countries in Europe and US/Canada it is estimated to be well over
a general basis the market of ride sharing agencies is presently
badly distributed between many small ad-based institutions. As
a consequence it is very difficult to find regional and long-distance
trips in one agency. Additionally these companies generate their
own databases which in practically all cases do not include addresses
or smaller towns.
is presently owner-financed and focuses via its patented technology
and the innovative business model on the redefinition of the ride-sharing
* ( trendhunter.com )
Details: Walter Demmelhuber
Mountain View, California