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GPS based hitch hiking thumb

Vetted drivers and hitch hikers made aware of each other through a smart phone app
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In my country you are allowed to pay the driver for fuel and that is all. could have an automatic trip calculator, and things like optimized travel for both parties.

would require active review of each party to build confidence in the system

lostmind, Dec 27 2011

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       Could end up as a halfway house between real hitching, and online lift-share websites, both of which are well established.
pocmloc, Dec 27 2011
  

       //hitchhiking is illegal in most parts//   

       Say what?? That is a very sad state of affairs for any country to find itself in.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 27 2011
  

       //Could end up as a halfway house between real hitching, and online lift-share websites, both of which are well established.// Yes, most likely. Similar to the way "couch surfing" is a halfway house between sleeping in the park and getting a hotel.
DIYMatt, Dec 28 2011
  
      
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