Hytch Rewards is a mobility platform that offers an iPhone and Android app for passengers and drivers to engage in a new concept that inspires networking for transportation. The Hytch Solution is driven by the belief that Rewards change behavior and through rewards we can inspire and engage users to share rides and to make better mobility decisions to reduce Single Occupancy Vehicles on the roads; decisions not only share rides but to use public transportation assets. By earning rewards on the Hytch Rewards platform, local citizens develop a habit of sharing rides. Whether users are taking public transportation, carpooling, or creating a vanpool group to commute to and from work, the Hytch app can track, verify and reward their behavior.
The Hytch platform also provides a community with zero emission driving and incentivizes members of the community to share rides during their commute, all daily travel or trips to any destination. Through sponsorships and targeted cash rewards funded by public and/or private contributors, any unique combination of routes, modes, origination or destination can be identified by these sponsor organizations as a desirable behavior, worthy of tracking and rewarding participants.
Every ride is validated in the application and will provide the City of Austin and the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan and the City of Austin's Strategic Direction 2023 with critical planning data. (Ride reporting data does not contain any personally identifiable information).
This information allows for planning decisions that prioritize the needs of the community and provide a user experience that can be tailored. The project is intended to be collaborative and will give project stakeholders the opportunity to meet mobility needs in near-real-time, by promoting the use of transportation modes, routes, time of day, events, etc., significantly lowering the barriers to mobility in the region.
Our idea for the Austin City: One Challenge includes launching the Hytch free mobile application platform to do the following:
Help Eastern Crescent Communities to overcome transportation barriers by incentivizing carpooling, vanpooling, and public transit trips and developing a social network of shared commuters. The incentives will also significantly lower or eliminate the costs and need for owning/operating a vehicle.
Enable residents to travel to and from Health and Social Services whether or not they have a car by having the option to share rides, in public transit assets or shared personal vehicles or other on demand options. Hytch can verify and report, use of On Demand Transportation services that are required to take and individual in the Eastern Crescent Community to and from an authorized Health or Social Services location. User can earn rewards to offset the cost of the On Demand Services. The City could also generate additional revenue by filling empty seats on their transit assets and van pools and getting valuable multimodal data.
By incentivizing and rewarding people to share rides (both the driver and passengers)and utilize public assets we help eliminate barriers to access sustainable transit options.
Tracking, verifying and rewarding multiple choices for people in Austin, Hytch can provide real time transit data to be shared with other Community Resources to help people make the best choices for their needs.
The Hytch platform will be aligned with the Opportunity Criteria to deliver a program that hits social, environmental, and economic goals of the Austin community.