Thanks to a revolutionary ad-hoc procedure, you will now be able to use your mobile phone to find a ride share or another means of transport wherever you are and whenever you want.
caribo is the first scheme to combine the economical and ecological advantages of ride sharing by means of mobile Internet technology and social networking. The caribo ad-hoc search function determines the current location of the person looking for a ride and automatically proposes all means of transport to a similar destination that are available in the same area at the present time and in the foreseeable future and which might thus present a suitable ride-sharing opportunity.
The system reacts dynamically on the basis of the user’s location. “The significant advantage of caribo - in addition to reducing traffic and thus protecting the environment - is that it allows the ad-hoc reservation of rides” explains Markus Schindler, CEO of Scientific Computers GmbH, describing the new technology.
“This means that you no longer need to plan journey a long time - or even a little while - in advance, since caribo ensures quick and flexible transportation even on short routes.”
In order to use caribo, a Web-enabled mobile phone is required, along with software that is provided free by caribo. This software can be installed on most current mobile phones. It is not absolutely necessary to have a GPS system on your mobile phone but it does increase the accuracy of the location determination function if you have one.
The caribo software is extremely user-friendly. There are separate buttons for the most commonly requested functions: “I want to go home” sends a signal at the press of a button to possible transport means in the surrounding area, letting them know where you want to go.
The “Driver” button allows drivers to indicate that they’re undertaking a short journey and are prepared to take someone along. You can save frequently used destinations so that you don’t have to enter the same address repeatedly. Since caribo works with real geographical data, each topographically entered location can be used as the start or end point of a journey.
Naturally, for longer journeys you can plan in advance and find a travelling partner well before you leave. caribo even allows you to receive additional passenger requests once on the road. In addition, there is no need for the time-consuming creation of journey sections. caribo makes ride sharing safe for all concerned. Firstly, all participants must register with their own identity. Their membership of the scheme is linked to a verified mobile phone number and to a reliable rating system. “In this way, we are hoping to eliminate reservations about ride sharing and to persuade more and more people of the benefits of this ecologically-friendly way of travelling” continues Markus Schindler.
In addition, caribo offers commercial providers such as taxi companies access to the exchange platform. Since commercial offers have conveyance conditions and fees that are prescribed on a regional basis, such offers are specially indicated. This means that you can use caribo to call a taxi which is currently in the nearby area without even needing to know the telephone number of the taxi firm. caribo aims to become a centralized mobile control device for all means of transport in the hand of the user.
caribo has also an interface for public transport offerings. This enables urban transport organisations to deliver their realtime data to customers mobile in a very comfortable way: The customer request is: “take me home!” The answer should be: Subway Line 7, the station is 200 foot to the left, will depart in 10 minutes, press ok to purchase the ticket!
For more details, see www.caribo.mobi