In theory, carpooling is the best way to commute: You save gas and parking money, rotate driving duties, help the environment, and get to zip along in that sweet, sweet carpool lane. In reality, carpooling is a pain in the rear headlights. You have to find willing coworkers and coordinate your schedules precisely, or take the risk of somehow finding a group you don’t work with. Luckily, now there’s an app for that.
The new app, called Zebigo, lets users set up carpools on the fly. As a post on Wired Magazine’s Autopia blog explains it, riders create a profile that connects riders and drivers by route and other characteristics. Riders reimburse drivers through a cashless payment system, and also pay a 49-cent fee per trip to the service itself, which estimates the total cost for a 13-mile trip to be about $5.
Even more interesting, users can opt in to a background check conducted by the search engine Lexis-Nexis. The search won’t turn up driving records or Facebook photos, but it willdrive out sex offenders or people with serious criminal convictions. That could make the service a lot more appealing to women interesting in carpooling solo.