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Uber and other services are all the rage these days, and
though they call themselves
ride sharing services, let's be honestthey're really just
unlicensed taxicabs. But
what if you integrated the ride sharing service into one of
the popular GPS navigation
You put in your destination,
and specify whether you're a
driver or a rider. If you're a
driver, the system looks for riders going more or less the
same direction as you, and if
it finds a match it asks if you're interested in going X minutes
out of your way to make
$Y. The price of the ride would be calculated based
primarily on how far out of your
way you have to travel, rather than the distance of the ride
(though on longer trips it
may have the passenger kick in a bit extra for gas).
This ends up being a better deal all aroundthe driver, who
was going to make the trip
anyway, makes a few bucks; the rider gets a cheaper ride;
and the service takes a
commission for arranging the ride and handling payment.
At least (aptly) half baked. [Toto Anders, Jun 12 2015]
||Toss in some unobnoxious advertising, and the
service doesn't even need to take a commission to
cover its expenses.
||I think it would be better if this service were operated by a
non-profit. Many similar services have come along, only to
disappear into irrelevance due to overzealous attempts at
||Any nonprofit big enough to get the word out about
this would be awfully wary of lawsuits in the event
a driver harms a rider. Look at the lawsuits
||Well of course they would need liability insurance (and the
insurance would probably require background checks, which
are probably a good idea anyway) but a relatively small
membership fee could cover that. Other organizations follow
a similar model, for instance the NRA.
||Hey, if anyone's heading for hell in a handbasket
there's room on the back seat next to my career.
||The Helena Handbaskets are a triple-A club; they might be
hiring. I'll check for you.
||//career// n. Rushing downwards, out of control, often terminating in a crash.