RideScout Partners with Zipcar, Optimizes the App in Boston
Transportation aggregator further expands national coverage with addition of leading car sharing company, Zipcar.
Boston, MA--April 24, 2014: Today RideScout, the technology platform revolutionizing how people find and use ground transportation, announced a national partnership with Zipcar, the “wheels when you want them” car sharing network, as well as app optimization in the Boston Metro Area with 24/7 ride options now available. Free on iOS and Android, RideScout included Zipcar as part of a pilot that will provide users the locations of thousands of cars in 22 markets nationwide available for reservation by Zipcar members.
Beginning today, Bostonians can find and connect with Hailo taxis, Sidecar drivers, Zipcars, Hubway bike share, real-time MBTA bus, MBTA rail, MassPort, and Lowell Regional Transit Authority, as well as walking, driving, and even parking with Parking Panda.
“As a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School, I’m thrilled to announce the addition of our newest national partner here in Boston, which also happens to be Zipcar’s homebase,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “With 58 colleges and universities in the region, we’re confident that RideScout will be a valuable tool for Boston area residents and visitors alike to find their best ride, no matter the time of day.”
RideScout aggregates ground transportation services, including public transit, private options, and social rideshare, allowing people to search and compare options on demand and in real time. Users can see rides available around them now or perform an A to B search, which provides point-to-point directions from starting location to destination.
“Increasingly, we’re seeing our own members create a portfolio approach to transportation--picking the right mode for the trip,” said Brian Harrington, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Zipcar. “RideScout will make it easier for our members--and anyone--to get from point A to point B in the most efficient, cost effective and sustainable manner.”
RideScout first launched in Washington, DC, in November 2013 and expanded to Austin, TX, in February 2014 and San Francisco, CA, in April 2014. Coverage of additional U.S. cities is coming throughout the Spring.
"I am constantly seeking ways to make it easier for people to get around Boston, from late-night trains to more bike lanes,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “As we update our Climate Action Plan, we will be looking for new technologies that will make it easier for Bostonians to reduce their carbon footprint.”
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates public, private and social rideshare on its free iOS
and Android apps, allowing people to search and compare ground transportation options on demand and in real time. Hailed as the Kayak™ of ground transportation, RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view. The company is based in Austin, TX, with a Washington, DC, office at startup campus 1776. Please visit www.ridescoutapp.com for more information or access app screenshots here.
Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Austria. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient solutions to their urban and campus transportation needs. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.