Archive | March 2013

DC Loves Rideshare and SideCar Loves DC!

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DC meets SideCar tonight and we predict a perfect match. Beginning this weekend, SideCar is available every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm until 3am. SideCar is a fast, affordable and safe way to get around the Capitol, meet new people and help keep more cars off the road.

Did you know the Washington DC area’s love affair with rideshare dates back about 35 years? Each day, an estimated 10,000 commuters line up at pre-arranged locations where everyday drivers pick them up for a shared ride to or from work. This community driven instant carpool is called “slugging” and it reduces the amount of cars on the road and helps people save time and money.

DC loves rideshare. In fact, 93% of residents polled said DC would benefit from a new rideshare program.

SideCar is a smartphone app that matches everyday drivers in their own car with people nearby who need a ride. We’re like matchmakers for the perfect ride – right when you want it, good for the economy, good for your wallet, good for the environment and fun!

Haven’t tried SideCar? Download the app and use the promo code: FRIENDS for $10 off your first ride. Drivers love SideCar because it’s a great way to explore their own city, meet interesting people and earn some extra cash. Want to give rides? Sign up at www.side.cr/drive.

SideCar is also in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn, NY. We’re on a journey to take rideshare, and all the benefits it brings, everywhere. Jump in DC – let’s take this ride together!

Ride On!

The SideCar Team

Follow us on Twitter: @SideCarDC

So Long SXSW! Austin, We’re Sticking Around

Thanks to all who came out in support of SideCar at SXSW. What a wild ride it was! It started with us filing a lawsuit against the City of Austin to bring the benefits of rideshare here. We made a last minute decision to make all rides free rather than risk law enforcement actions that would derail our plans to help you get around the festival.

Word spread FAST in social media and on the street. We had a thousand ride requests within hours of rolling out Friday morning and 20,000 + requests by the end of Interactive Wednesday. We loved your Twitter shout outs for #SXSideCar and @SideCarATX and were super psyched to hear from many of you that SideCar saved you at SXSW. We’re glad we could help you get to and from the most awesome parties and events and meet great people along the way (like me shown here with Mayor Cory Booker and my dad, Dean).

Cory Booker

This was SideCar’s first SXSW and it was amazing! This wasn’t just a drive through town for us – we’re sticking around. We’ve recently had productive conversations with city officials about the benefits of rideshare and we’re feeling good about a positive outcome in Austin.

SideCar returns this weekend in Austin and will be available Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm – 3am.

Thank you SXSW and Ride On Austin!

Justin Schmidt, Austin City Manager

@sideCarATX

Boston, Chicago & Brooklyn Your Ride Has Arrived!

Hey There Boston, Chicago and Brooklyn

Good morning Boston, Chicago and Brooklyn – say hello to your new ride! Tonight SideCar rolls into town giving you a more affordable, greener, fun and all around better way to get around town. Beginning this weekend, SideCar is available every Friday and Saturday night from 5pm until 3am.

Love SideCar? Help us spread the word.  Tell your friends to download the app and use the promo code “FRIENDS” for $10 off their first ride.

Drivers love SideCar because it’s a great way to explore their own city, meet interesting people and earn some extra cash. Want to give rides? Sign up at www.side.cr/drive.

SideCar is a smartphone app that matches regular, everyday drivers in their own car with people nearby who need a ride. Think of us as matchmakers for the perfect ride – right when you want it, good for the economy, good for your wallet, good for the environment and fun!

We’ve matched more than 100,000 shared rides in San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Come roll with us this weekend and find out why we’re on our way to becoming the #1 way to get around town.

Ride On!

The SideCar Team

Follow us on Twitter:

@SideCarCHI
@SideCarBOS
@SideCarNYC

Our Case to #defendsharing

This morning SideCar filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin. We don’t think ridesharing is in violation of Austin’s Transportation Code and we’ve asked the court to decide so we can bring the benefits of rideshare to the citizens of Austin.

The future of rideshare in Austin is at stake. Help us #defendsharing and sign our petition on Change.org.

SideCar v. The City of Austin, Texas

We believe the Austin Transportation Department has misinterpreted its City Code and that rideshare is legal and protected under Austin transportation law. We’re going to defend this in court because:

  • SideCar is not a transportation service. SideCar is a technology platform that enables peer-to-peer ridesharing.
  • The City Code regulates “chauffeured vehicles”. We don’t own or operate vehicles, dispatch drivers or mandate shifts.
  • The City Code regulates “chauffeured vehicles” for a fee. Members of the SideCar rideshare community pay what they want and it’s voluntary.
  • SideCar is protected under federal law.

If the City of Austin moves forward with impounding the vehicles of our rideshare community, we think they’re the ones breaking the law.  

This lawsuit is bigger than Austin, Texas. What happens here matters for the entire sharing economy. Sharing resources is not a crime – it’s a solution for a better and more sustainable way of life. Rideshare is good for Austin and we’re going to defend this position in Austin City Court.

Keep updated on SideCar in Austin, follow us on Twitter:  @sidecarATX

Ride On Austin!

Sunil Paul
CEO
SideCar Technologies, Inc.

SXSW – Your Rides are FREE!

Last week, Austin City Council passed a law that would make sharing a ride in exchange for cash a punishable crime. This ordinance should not apply to SideCar. SideCar is legal and people who use SideCar’s app to share rides are not acting illegally. Sharing resources is not a crime and we’re prepared to defend this position.

Thousands of you agree. Please join us and sign our petition to support ridesharing in Austin on Change.org

We’ve reached out to city officials to get assurance people who use the SideCar app to share a ride for cash will not be cited or have their cars impounded. We’re still waiting to hear back. But SXSW can’t wait!

Say Hello to Your Ride #SXSideCar

SXSW – rides are on us! We’ve made a commitment to help you get around town and we’re keeping it. Every SideCar ride beginning today and ending March 17 is FREE.  We’ll have more than 100 cars on the road ready to take you where you want to go. Take a ride, tell your friends and send a message to Austin City Council – Austin loves SideCar and SideCar is good for Austin.

Keep updated on SideCar in Austin, follow us on Twitter:  @sidecarATX

Ride On Austin!!

Hey Austin and Philly, Ride Free Tonight!

free_ridesWe want you to experience the joy of rides matched through SideCar without having to constantly check your rear view mirror for overzealous regulators who don’t get what we do. SideCar is a safe, affordable and fun way to get around – 80% of people who try SideCar, try it again. Give us a shot for free and see for yourself!

In return, please help spread the word so we can bring SideCar to the innovative, forward-looking citizens of Austin and Philadelphia.

Please sign our Change.org petition and share it with your friends.

We’ve met with city officials in both cities. They’ve assured us they will not fine or impound vehicles if rides are free under our new brand ambassador program. Riders are not, and have never been, at risk for prosecution whether they make a donation or not.

SideCar operates in Austin and Philadelphia on Friday and Saturdays nights from 5PM – 3AM.

Ride on Austin and Philly!

Justin Schmidt, Austin City Manager

@sideCarATX

Steve Harrell, Philadelphia City Manager

@sidecarPHL

Some Like It Hot -The SideCar Heat-Map!

SideCar Heatmap in action

Hey all,
It’s Jahan, for everyone here on the Product team.  I just wanted to make an announcement here about our newest feature, an intelligent demand heat-map for iPhone in San Francisco (Android coming soon).  We know our driver community has been asking for a way to understand where passengers are likely to be hanging out and needing rides.  We believe that our latest attempt goes a long way to allowing all of you to figure this out.  Here’s how it works:

Our servers are constantly collecting information about when and where people open the app, and when and where people historically order rides.  Additionally, we also know where all other available cars are, as well as where drivers that are on rides are headed (ahh destination :) ).

We take all of that data, put it through our top secret set of learning algorithms and filters (courtesy of Rob, our resident mathematical genius), and generate a personalized recommendation for where you should head to be closest to passengers that need rides.  So when you’re out using the map, just remember that everyone sees something different depending on where they are.

Please everyone, give it a try this weekend, and give us feedback, we’re excited to see how it works for all of you.

Ride On,
Jahan
Co-Founder, CTO @sidecar

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