10th May 2012 – Often lack of convenience or ease of use is cited as the reason people are unwilling to adapt to a greener lifestyle. Carpooling.co.uk are continuing to reduce the obstacles to easily find someone suitable to carpool with as they release their new iPhone app.
The app boasts new features including a booking system allowing users to see how many seats are still available and with a few clicks, the option to book a seat in the vehicle. There is also the additional option for people who chose, to use the booking system to now request and make payment for their trip through Paypal. This gives users the added security of knowing their payment is secure and reliable. Users also have greater access to additional information such as user ratings and profile pictures through the app.
The app allows full access to the 650,000 carpools available in the www.carpooling.co.uk network and includes the new booking and online payment system providing added transparency and reliability in arranging carpools. Using the iPhone app allows people to organize alternative, sustainable transport spontaneously, on-the-go. “In the past, finding suitable people to carpool with has been a challenge but our iPhone app allows people to access available carpools while on the move,” says Markus Barnikel, CEO of carpooling.com. “In terms of car sharing, we are noticing that more and more people are using our smartphone apps to book their trips because of the convenience and ease of use. Our iPhone and Android apps have been downloaded almost 400,000 times. People are clearly more mobile today than ever before and are increasingly demanding travel options that are convenient, affordable and sustainable.”
With Earth Day recently behing us and World Environment Day around the corner, carpooling.co.uk are calling for people to consider the under- used resource of empty seats on roads, to register them on their website to help make transport more efficient and sustainable in the future. The app is available for download here: http://www.carpooling.co.uk/pages/mobile_iphone
carpooling.co.uk is the English branch of carpooling.com, the largest car sharing network in Europe, transporting over 1 million people each month in 5000 cities and 45 countries. carpooling.co.uk offers reliable car sharing opportunities that are affordable and easy to access by computer, mobile phone (iPhone, Android) or social networks (Facebook). Drivers and passengers can book a seat online and rate each other for additional convenience and safety. By sharing a car, people save petrol and money, reduce carbon emissions and meet new friends. Today the site counts over 3.6 million registered users and gives daily access to more than 650,000 transport opportunities. Thanks to carpooling.com, 725,000 tons of C02 and 375 million liters of petrol have been saved; not counting the millions of savings by users and the thousands of friendships created (including more than 10 marriages!).