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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,
Co-Founder, CTO @sidecar

SideCar is Awesome on iOS 6

We are proud to announce that SideCar 1.48 is compatible with, and uses the full capabilities of, Apple’s iOS 6.  The transportation innovations in iOS 6 are a perfect fit with the SideCar app.  Here’s how:

  • When a user who has SideCar installed gets directions through iOS 6, they are automatically served up the option to use SideCar as a rideshare option to get from here to there.
  • If SideCar is not installed, iOS 6 gives them an option to download the app right from the mapping app.
  • Passbook integration:  when a rider has a driver on the way, the trip information is in the Passbook and is easily available at the touch of a button.

SideCar 1.48 will be available as soon as iOS 6 is released to the public for download.  While SideCar is only available in the Bay Area for now, it will be coming to the rest of the country – and the world – soon.

SideCar is committed to innovation, convenience and ease-of-use.  As such, we thrilled to be the first on-demand rideshare application to fully integrate with iOS 6 and Apple Maps.

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