Connecting mobile phones and navigation systems to arrange real-time ridesharing
Dr Klaus Dibbern, Michael Hübl, Benjamin Kirschner
Through real-time analysis of traffic movements, flinc is able to assign seats in cars within a few seconds. It combines GPS and location-based capabilities with social networking to offer a dynamic, safe, and automated service that gets you from A to B.Passengers use their mobile phones to type in their destinations and send the information to flinc. Within a few seconds, flinc finds the drivers that match the desired criteria and sends the corresponding information back to the rider.
Riders can look at the profiles of the drivers, which include the price and duration of the ride in question. When accepted, the driver arrives and takes the passenger to his or her destination. Drivers receive ride requests directly in their cars on their navigation devices. With one click, they can accept rides and have flinc guide them directly to the passenger.
flinc arranges rides within seconds and is able to integrate other means of transport. The combination of satellite navigation and smartphones enables flinc to provide a service that offers maximum usability to the end user.
Millions of people already use ridesharing over long distances. The biggest ridesharing agency in Germany has over 1.5 million users, and all of the country’s ridesharing agencies arrange a total of over 25,000 rides per day. The problem is that these existing ridesharing solutions only can arrange pre-scheduled long-distance rides. Of all the distances we travel, 80% are short, necessitating a fast, flexible system that is easy to use and involves minimal opportunity costs. flinc is just such a service.CUSTOMER BENEFIT
flinc gives passengers a flexible, cost-effective means of transportation and helps drivers reduce their mobility costs. Partner companies such as navigation system providers and mobile carriers gain a unique selling proposition, a positive image, and traffic on mobile internet accounts. Client companies can give their employees a system that enables them to save money, interact with fellow workers, and be more flexible in commuting. flinc can also help make taxis more efficient by arranging more rides and increasing capacity utilization. In combination with local public transport, this innovation can be part of an optimised system of flexible mobility for rural and mixed urban / rural areas.