We’re not just at CES, the world’s biggest consumer technology expo, schmoozing with awesome companies, trying on computers, or collecting awards (more on that in a bit): we’re also operating two shared cab lines at the Las Vegas convention center to whisk folks to hotels and other event locations, easing the process of sharing, reducing congestion, and saving everyone time and cash (for more gambling or gadgets or what have you).
Using our mobile app or a curb-side kiosk, ride sharers are skipping the conference’s famously long taxi lines for Bandwagon’s Priority Rideshare Zones; think of it like a highway high-occupancy-vehicle lane for the taxi stand. With a willingness to share and a few clicks on a screen, riders avoid long wait times, cut congestion and pollution, and save cash.
“I’m impressed with Bandwagon’s business model and approach of seats, not trips, that produces a win for passengers, cabbies, efficiency and the environment,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and owner and producer of the International CES. “The Bandwagon app reduces congestion and helps us by getting our CES attendees out of lines and where they want to go more quickly.”
We’re also thrilled to announce that Bandwagon was named a winner of Verizon’s inaugural Powerful Answers Award. We were chosen as one of fifteen global companies among 1,300 submissions that’s succeeding in addressing problems of sustainability, education and health. The award comes with a cash prize of $700,000, which we’ll use to build a more adaptable and more robust service.
Our premise is simple: every day millions of commuters everywhere travel at the same time and in the same direction, perhaps to the same place, but in separate vehicles. Often that doesn’t make sense. Trips are more expensive and the resulting congestion and pollution makes travel less pleasant for everyone involved. The status quo is anti-social and unsustainable.
We’re doing our best to solve this straightforward problem by plugging into all of the existing networks that bind us and our cities together—networks of drivers, people, infrastructure, and information—to build cities that are more flexible and more sustainable.
To get to the future of transportation we need to roll together, so thanks a lot for riding with us.