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Weeels Gets More Social: Login With Facebook

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Weeels, our cab-ordering and -sharing app, is taking social transit to the social masses.

The latest version of the Weeels iPhone application lets users log in with just a Facebook account, simplifying the process and assuring potential sharers that their ride partners are who they claim to be.

This is a big step forward in our goal of leveraging existing social networks and social networking tools to make transportation more efficient for everyone.

Part of that is opening up new lines of communication. Once linked to a Facebook account, Weeels can also publish updates to users’ activity streams about where they are headed, maximizing the chances of finding ride partners among your social network.

This is a starting point of integration with Facebook (as well as other social tools) as a way to make it easier for Weeels users to find ride partners who they know and like.

Go ahead and give it a try for yourself: Download the app or, if you don’t have an iPhone, give the mobile web version a try at m.weeels.org.

Weeels Cab Sharing For Lonely Hearts?

Social Car News (yes: there is a Social Car News) reviewed Weeels. After some helpful constructive criticism, Richard Read gets to an interesting benefit to cab-sharing:

And when it comes to Lonely Hearts, the possibilities for backseat match-ups seems intriguing – you know, now that Craigslist put the kabosh on all that

Now we’re not endorsing any particular way of using Weeels, but those who’ve done it know that sharing a cab is a very nice way to meet strangers. It’s hard not to strike up a conversation, obviously, and you probably already have something in common, besides your general destination: you really like to do it – by which I mean, social transit

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Daimler Gets Into Carpooling

 

The largest German automaker is launching a pilot carpooling project in their home country that, in the style of services like Zimride and Weeels, combines ride sharing with social media. From Wired:

Called car2gether, the service is an outgrowth of of Daimler’s car2go Smart-sharing program and, according to the company, answers the question of “how flexible and independent mobility can be achieved without car ownership.”

Car2gether matches up carpooling mates, replacing upturned thumbs and notes pinned to a corkboard with online profiles and smartphone software. All users must register and post a photo along with other personal information that we hope includes whether they plan on eating an egg salad sandwich while in the car.

Users enter details about upcoming journeys using a smartphone or PC and let the car2gether software make a match. Should users want to connect on their own, the software automatically posts details of ride offers and requests on a microblogging site similar to Twitter. 

For now, use of the software comes at no charge but like car2go, the new service requires passengers to pay for travel time — a suggested charge of 9.5 cents per minute to reimburse the driver for vehicle maintenance, gas and time spent cleaning that spilled Starbucks latte off the passenger-side floor mat. At first, passengers will pay drivers in cash but as the pilot progresses Daimler will debut an automated, cashless payment program.

It should be exciting to watch how this service (and its cashless payment system). Car2gether, which launches September 18th, is certainly starting with the right kind of real world network: in the German city of Ulm, a university town where students are both tech-savvy and in need of cheap transportation. Other cities may be on the way.