Free rideshares

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Rideshare systems can be used as an alternative to real hitchhiking.

One Time Ridesharing Projects

Structural Car-Pooling based

How to name this?

  • Myoto is a system in Belgium with special cards for hitchhikers. Drivers can then easily recognize the hitchhiker as part of this service. See also this discussion

Rideshare applications

  • At Crash at Mine there are plans to create a free open API for rideshare websites and a system for RSS streams based on this. There's also a nice survey of carpool services.
  • Carticate is an application for the iphone that allows you to connect with other drivers. It is a 'location based mobile social network for ride sharing, ride combining, and car pooling', or also 'carticipation.' Launched in August 2008.
  • Avego is an application that runs on mobile devices and matches drivers and passengers who are going the same way. "Avego Stops", the best places to pick up and drop off riders. It also wants to connect it with a social networking website. Launched in September 2008.
  • Zimride combines the technology of Google Maps with the social networking power of Facebook to find rides for people at 25 public and private institutions across the United States. Zimride is now taking their rideshare algorithm to Zipcar to make hitching a ride even more efficient source.
  • Ridejoy "social transportation" website that helps connect drivers and passengers doing long distance rideshare. Pulls in information from Facebook like photo, age range, work/education history, and mutual friends so ride matches feel more comfortable with each other. Launched Summer 2011.


  • 12 November 2008. The ridesharing website PickupPal was struck down by a Canadian court in a case brought against them by bus giant Trentway-Wagar. The company took PickupPal to the Highway Transport Board complaining that it was against the law. link
  • 17 December 2008. The US based company Dell started a ride-share experiment for their employees. In cooperation with the Rideshare website they set up an application which is basically a mash-up of Google maps with employees submitting their home locations. Employees can use this to better figure out which coworkers to commute with and the most efficient routes. link
  • Although still evolving as a real resource for riders, Twitter is being touted in some circles as the next big thing in realtime ridesharing. Known to fans as twitchhiking, this form of ride-sharing asks travelers to rely on the social networking site's popularity as well as the kindness of fellow tweeters. From: Product Service Systems: The Future of Mobility Services link

See also the Future of Hitchhiking