There was a time when coworkers and neighbors would come together and share a commute in order to save on time and gas. We hear stories of tight knit communities and friendships that have lasted for decades as a result of carpooling relationships from a different time.
Then, there was a change. People became obsessed with owning their own cars. Car ownership became a token of independence, a milestone for teenagers coming of age, and a way to establish social status. This was all great before the roads became so congested that a traffic junky might see a cyclist breeze right by their 470 horse power Jaguar during the 8:00 rush.
That's where Hytch comes in. Our roads are congested, our environment is suffering, our time is wasting, and our wallets are shrinking. Hytch is bringing carpooling back and it's going to be revolutionary. With Hytch, users can meet and interact with neighbors or colleagues who go the same way every day. They can ride together and share the cost at 54 cents / mile or less.
But, how does it work?
Users login with their Facebook account. The app automatically creates a profile for them. They enter their home and work address and whether they are driving or riding. Then they begin seeing all of the other people who share the commute. Once users mutually swipe right on each other they can chat and initiate a ride immediately or at a later time. Other features include paperless reimbursement for rides, rider and driver ratings, location sharing with friends, and more.
Download Hytch today in the Apple or Google store to become a beta tester. The complete version will be launched this Fall.