This week we have another new rideshare service to share with you and it is quite different than the billion dollar giant, Uber. Our team at TaxiFareFinder works hard to research the numerous new rideshare options popping up around the globe every day. We want our readers to be aware of their transportation options and learn that there are many more rideshare companies in the world besides Uber. Today the new company we want to share with you is Carma.
Carma is a smartphone app that connects a network of people with similar commuting patterns in order to allow them to conveniently carpool with one another. The apps main goal is to make carpooling simple and stress free so more drivers will share cars and reduce traffic congestion and CO2 emissions. Unlike many rideshare services currently available (Lyft, Uber, etc), Carma, does not have hired drivers that earn a profit. Instead the drivers in the Carma network are simply civilians who are willing to give rides to others who are heading the same way.
The great thing about Carma is it allows riders to easily share the costs of fuel through the app. Riders will pay $0.20 per mile to their driver, and the driver will earn $0.17 per mile (Carma takes a small cut). This allows Carma drivers to earn just enough to help towards fuel costs and car maintenance. You can also opt to give someone a free ride if you prefer not to exchange money! The overall goal of Carma is for people to be able to easily share transportation costs to make carpooling a way to save money and take extra cars off the road!
If you wish to join the Carma community you must register and verify your email address and phone numbers. Once you start using Carma you will be able to benefit from their self-policing user rating system which allows the community to choose the best drivers and riders. Also, if your employer or neighborhood has set up a “Group” within the app, you can join that group and easily carpool with people you know.
Carma currently has programs in Ireland, Norway, D.C., San Francisco, and Austin.
Have you tried Carma yet? Let us know your thoughts below!
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