RideConnect is revolutionizing ridesharing and first and last-mile connectivity.
RideConnect is a software and technology company. We have made an app (iOS, Android) that enables anyone to run a transportation business, for any type of transportation service they wish to offer to their customers, or to the general public. Today RideConnect is used in a multitude of cities and towns around the globe to create niche rideshares, corporate rideshares, and carpooling services.
The gig economy gave rise to numerous taxi companies such as Uber and Lyft that only recently began rideshare offerings. In such services drivers are bound to their providers’ revenue models, keeping them away from or unaffordable to communities and neighborhoods that need service. In Austin, these drivers are limited to the central, north, and west of the city, and the airport. Even CapMetro buses that I use daily barely reach beyond (east of) the Hwy 183 loop into the eastern crescent.
RideConnect has been tested and shown to work by several ride-sharing groups in Austin, Texas, and around the world. We are actively conducting workshops and webinars to engage drivers, to highlight the merits and potential of creating rideshares on the RideConnect platform.
RideConnect enables drivers to run their own rideshare business on terms that are acceptable to them and to their passengers, thus creating a paradigm shift from the taxi operator paradigm to a driver/operator paradigm.
By adopting RideConnect any resident can participate in the solution to create their business opportunities, solutions, and for-profit and free services. Services that connect underserved neighborhoods, and residents to different modes of public and private transportation, to doctors, offices, schools, and entertainment options, all in one app, seamlessly.
Drivers can use RideConnect to create last-mile services. Local grocery stores, hospitals and clinics, and event organizers can increase their visitation or sales by engaging these local drivers’ RideConnect rideshares (Channels), or they can create their own Channels. The threshold to creating successful rideshare is getting sufficient riders, which the cities, organizations, and corporations backing the City One Austin challenge can catalyze through engagement. Once drivers and their rideshare Channels have sufficient engagement, RideConnect Channels in Austin will grow organically.
We are striving to create compact neighbourhoods where residents have the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a short time frame from their home. We are looking to improve community traffic and transport to enable all residents to have their everyday needs met within a short time frame. By integrating RideConnect with existing modes of public transportation we aim to increase public transport utilization and efficiency, and decrease wait times. One app to hail a ride to the bus stop and to alert their bus driver to pick them up through advance check-in options.
The Austin traffic is a gridlock. I live in Austin and I don’t own a car because traffic barely moves at the times I am in a hurry and when it does parking is expensive or lacking. Corporations in the Domain or downtown could create or engage RideConnect rideshares for their employees and start making an impact on our gridlock.
With RideConnect, people who wish to obtain a ride can easily do so with habits they're familiar with - ride-hailing and ride-scheduling. They can order a ride with their favorite drivers or send out a general request to any takers. Get a ride to a doctor and a grocery store in one affordable ride by choosing a rideshare Channel that works for and with you.
Whichever way residents wish to use it, RideConnect does not come in-between users and instead enables organic growth of transportation commerce between willing parties of drivers and riders. Our revenue model will be self-sustaining beyond the pilot phase without impinging on drivers and service providers’ profits. By winning this challenge we can connect RideConnect rideshare Channels with corporations, healthcare providers, and other providers.