A response from Richard Pauli to DIYcity Challenge #2. Richard writes:
I have been promoting this ridesharing idea - described on http://ithumb.org/
I have not shared it widely enough, but everyone who hears it, gets it and knows it would work. Personally, I think it is both technically possible and inevitable because this is the type of service any user would want - fast and trusted.
Thanks for holding this challenge... and thanks for considering this notion.
Richard has a lengthy write-up of this ridesharing proposal at http://ithumb.org, which you should check out for the full play-by-play. Here's the basic breakdown:
Proposed Domain monikers: WiRide.com & iThumb.org
For Pedestrians: Use Your wireless GPS/WiFi device to rideshare with a selected Driver on your route.
For Drivers: Use Your GPS/WiFi car based internet connection to rideshare with the closest passenger.
Requirements: a WiRide account, a GPS/WiFi location mode enabled wireless device - (And Web access with application)
1. Register with WiRide or iThumb - trusted and secure required (photo, registration, fingerprint, etc)
2. Logon and tell us where you are going or Where you want to go.
3. See on your device a map of your route, a list of fellow travelers on your route and time that you can connect with them.
4. You each select your ride / rider
5. You each see a meet up location and time
6. You each verify identities before connecting.
8. End ride and your transit is logged. Your government may wish to reward you for helping with transit.
Richard adds: Real-time, trusted ridesharing using GPS/WiFi location tracking is inevitable.