Germany’s Carpooling, one of two most popular inter-city ride sharing services in Europe along with the French BlaBlaCar, now takes an important step towards strengthening its position across the globe. The Munich-based company has announced today that it is launching in the U.S. with outstanding partnership with increasingly aggressive mobile car hailing service Uber.
Carpooling’s U.S. will be functioning exactly the same as its European system where the drivers share their long-distance travel costs by letting out the empty seats in the car to travelers on the same route. The difference, however, is that now a traveler who rents a seat in a Carpooling car in the U.S. can be picked up by an Uber cab and transferred to the starting point of their carpool, and/or request an Uber car when they arrive to their destination.
“Our concept is simple: turn empty car seats into a cost-effective, eco-friendly, and fun mode of transportation. We recognize there won’t be an abundance of passengers and drivers connected with each other at launch, but we’re confident from more than a decade of experience in Europe that supply and demand will grow rapidly,” said Markus Barnikel, the CEO of carpooling.com..
The German company who now claims to be the ‘no 1’ ride sharing app in Europe for mid to long distance travels, was founded in Munich 2001 as mitfahrgelegenheit.de by three university students. Today, the company says there are more than 3.5 million offers available on the website on an average day.