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06/30/2015

RideScout Acquires GlobeSherpa to Advance Mobile Payment and Ticketing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2015
Patti Kelly Niewolny
press@ridescout.com
512-731-1863

RideScout Acquires GlobeSherpa to Advance Mobile Payment and Ticketing
Transportation platform RideScout purchases leading mobile ticketing provider for public transit

AUSTIN, Texas (June 30, 2015) — RideScout, the leading mobile app that allows users to search and compare ground transportation options on demand, today announced they have acquired GlobeSherpa, a market leader in mobile solutions for public transportation with mobile book-and-pay ticketing in several major US markets, such as Portland, San Francisco and Chicago. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the transactions were completed on June 29, 2015.

With the integration of GlobeSherpa’s transit mobile ticketing technology, RideScout is making significant advancements with their access, booking, and payment options. Together, the companies will offer comprehensive solutions for an integrated mobility ecosystem, including:
– Multiple transportation options accessed through one platform, with booking and payment integrated to allow for a seamless experience.
– Critical last-mile transportation connectivity for commuters and public transit riders.
– Mobility packages to incentivize people to use a variety of transportation providers.
– Back-office analytics and tools for service providers to achieve efficiencies in operation.

“As the transportation landscape becomes more crowded, both the user and mobility service providers are looking for a more seamless experience,” said RideScout Co-Founder and CEO Joseph Kopser. “Integrating mobile ticketing for public and private transportation is critical as we continue to innovate on a central platform for booking, payment, and access to all services. We are thrilled to welcome GlobeSherpa into the RideScout family and, together, shape transportation for the 21st Century.”

As RideScout begins to integrate GlobeSherpa’s technology, users will be able to see all transportation options on their mobile device, select the one they want, and pay for the ride, or access it, with just a few taps. GlobeSherpa will also continue to bring mobile ticketing to transit agencies across the US and beyond.

“RideScout has established a brand and technology that embodies the future of transportation,” said GlobeSherpa CEO and Co-Founder Nat Parker. “By bringing our teams together, GlobeSherpa is positioned to have the resources and scale to deliver comprehensive solutions that advance our vision for an integrated commute – where access to information, payment, and mobility services are organized intelligently on your mobile device.”

GlobeSherpa is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of RideScout, with operations remaining in Portland, Oregon. CEO Nat Parker will continue to lead the company with current staff. This new partnership gives GlobeSherpa added resources and capabilities to expand in North America and internationally.

RideScout is led by CEO Joseph Kopser and COO Craig Cummings, who founded the company in 2011. Offering more than 300 mobility providers for users to choose from a one-stop mobile application, RideScout is available in 69 cities in North America.

For more information, please visit www.ridescout.com/GlobeSherpa.

About RideScout
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates transportation options on its free iOS and Android apps and, utilizing predictive technology, helps users get around cities faster and smarter. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit departures and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. RideScout is a company within moovel GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG.

About GlobeSherpa
GlobeSherpa provides a secure, mobile payment platform for transit systems interested in moving to open payments, open data, and mobile fare collection with minimal infrastructure investment. GlobeSherpa is developing next generation mobile technologies using NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy and is integrating those with our robust back-office business intelligence software to reduce the cost of fare collections and improve operations for transit.

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06/19/2015

Media Invited to the MobilityATX Town Hall on June 23

MEDIA ADVISORY
June 19, 2015
CONTACT:
Patti Kelly Niewolny, RideScout Communications Manager
512-731-1863; patti@ridescout.com

MEDIA INVITED to the MobilityATX Town Hall on June 23
Event at capacity for general public but several spots open to media

Media is invited to attend the final MobilityATX event, the Town Hall, on Tuesday, June 23 from 6pm – 9pm at Google Fiber at 201 Colorado in Austin.

The Town Hall will serve as a forum for the public and community leaders to discuss the crowdsourced ideas submitted since the launch of MobilityATX on April 13, as well as which ideas are feasible solutions to alleviating traffic in Central Texas. It will be broadcast and live-streamed on ATXN.

Panel speakers include Mayor Steve Adler, City of Austin; Linda Watson, CEO/President of Capital Metro; Joseph Kopser, CEO of RideScout; Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Silicon Labs; and Larry Graham, Chairman Emeritus, Downtown Austin Alliance. Rick L’Amie with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, will provide welcoming remarks. There will be a Q & A session with the panelists for attendees, and those watching the live stream on ATXN can submit questions on Twitter with the #MobilityATX hashtag.

MobilityATX Town Hall Schedule

6pm – 6:45pm
Open reception with appetizers and drinks.
7pm – 7:15pm
Welcome; brief about MobilityATX and next steps for the initiative.
7:15pm – 7:45pm
Moderated panel conversation.
7:45pm – 8:15pm
Q&A session with panel participants; take questions from online and in-person audience members.
8:15pm – 8:45pm
Post panel discussion reception and mingling.
8:45pm – 9:00pm
Event teardown.

Feedback and Pilot Projects
“Innovation and entrepreneurship are the heartbeat of Austin, and MobilityATX was no different. The ingenuity of the ideas contributed by Central Texans on MobilityATX has already resulted in real action and will continue to do so,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “I look forward to working with private employers, public agencies, and the community at large to support efforts like RideScout’s new downtown circulator that have emerged from the MobilityATX initiative.”

One example of a pilot project that was produced from crowdsourced MobilityATX ideas and data is the RideScout Route, a free, open-air “hop-on hop-off” circulator that will offer east-to-west service in downtown Austin. The RideScout Route is being offered in partnership with Electric Cab of Austin.

“MobilityATX is an example of what can be accomplished when public and private entities work closely with the community to come up with solutions for the common good,” said Joseph Kopser, CEO and Co-Founder of RideScout. “We’re looking forward to building on the momentum of this model, not only in Austin, but in other cities around the US who face transportation challenges.”

“Capital Metro is always looking for innovative ways to move people more
efficiently,” said Linda Watson, Capital Metro’s President/CEO. “This project brought to light the importance that our community places on operating transit outside of mixed-flow traffic. Along these lines, Capital Metro will begin operating Express Buses in express lanes next year when the North MoPac project is complete. We will also continue to work with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the City of Austin on these and other bus priority opportunities. We know that people need more options to get around our
congested city and MobilityATX has given us good ideas for doing that.”

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, also known as the Mobility Authority, co-launched ‘Metropia’ in May, a new mobile app to alleviate traffic congestion. Metropia will provide mobile users the most accurate and predictive traffic routing across the greater Austin area. This helps users determine their optimal commute and makes use of existing roadway capacity by directing drivers to less crowded roads and freeways, easing congestion throughout the city.

The Mobility Authority is a Metropia supporting partner as part of the MoPac Improvement Project, which is currently constructing Express Lanes on MoPac Boulevard north of Lady Bird Lake – another innovative transportation solution that will provide commuters with an option for a reliable commute on MoPac from Parmer Lane to Cesar Chavez Street by using variably priced tolls to keep traffic moving in the Express Lanes.

“Mobility solutions are about more than just building new roads; it’s also envisioning the future of mobility through innovative technology,” said Mike
Heiligenstein, Executive Director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. “This technology is part of a federally funded pilot program that will help motorists navigate MoPac when there are construction-related lane closures. The results of the Mobility Authority’s partnership with Metropia will be a model for
transportation entities across the country to follow.”

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About MobilityATX
Concerned with Austin’s growing transportation needs, and with no clear solution in sight, Austin’s public and private partners, including RideScout, City of Austin, Capital Metro, Austin Technology Council, CleanTX, and others launched MobilityATX on April 13. MobilityATX is a three-month long initiative that invites all Central Texans. to provide short-term policy solutions and ideas aimed at improving transportation in Austin. The most popular and salient ideas the community produces will be delivered to city and municipal government officials for consideration.

About Glasshouse Policy
Glasshouse Policy, an Austin-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, has focused on the state Legislature since its launch in September. “We’re excited to bring our unique, crowdsourced and collaborative process to our home city of Austin,” said Francisco Enriquez, the CEO and co-founder of Glasshouse Policy. “Collaborating with RideScout, another Austin startup, is a great opportunity to introduce our brand of transparent policy production to Austin transportation.”

About RideScout
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates transportation options on its free iOS and Android apps and, utilizing predictive technology, helps users get around cities faster and smarter. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit departures and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. RideScout is a company within moovel GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG. Please visit www.ridescout.com for more information.

05/28/2015

MobilityATX and Austin Police Department Release New 2014 Austin DWI Data, Show High Incidence Corridors

MEDIA ADVISORY
CONTACT:

Patti Kelly Niewolny, Communications Manager
RideScout
512-731-1863; @PattiKNiewolny
patti@ridescout.com

MobilityATX and Austin Police Department Release New 2014 Austin DWI Data, Show High Incidence Corridors
Maps compare stop locations to home address of persons stopped and demonstrate need for better late night transit options

AUSTIN, Texas (May 28, 2014) – Working together, MobilityATX, Austin Police Department (APD) and Civic Analytics analyzed new 2014 DWI data from APD by mapping the home address, age and stop location of all persons stopped for suspicion of DWI in 2014. That information was then compared to 2015 City of Austin Council Districts to create District heat maps.

The data highlights specific high frequency DWI corridors and demonstrates the need for more late night transit and overnight parking options.

On Thursday, May 28 at 1:00pm, Police Chief Art Acevedo; C.K. Chin, owner of downtown restaurants Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow; and ATX Safer Streets Director Sara LeVine will discuss this report and their perspective on how to reduce the incidents of drunk driving during the MobilityATX live stream at RideScout’s office, 200 E. 6th Street, Suite 200. KVUE-TV News Anchor Tyler Sieswerda is moderating the panel.

**Media are invited to attend and are welcome to interview our panelists from 1:00pm until 1:15pm. At 1:15pm the live stream will begin.** The live stream will be broadcasted on www.mobilityatx.com.

“The Austin Police Department has always taken a proactive and aggressive approach to combating impaired driving.” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said. “This data clearly shows that a vital part of our community-wide effort to reduce impaired driving should include supporting efforts to provide residents safe and reliable ways to get home at night.”

“As a downtown restaurant owner and resident I’ve noticed the alarming rate at which people choose to drive after drinking. I have a standing offer for my friends and acquaintances to stay at my home downtown instead of driving while inebriated,” said CK Chin, owner of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow restaurants. “We must come together as a community and address this issue with a multi-pronged approach that includes more transit choices and overnight parking options.”​

Capital Metro offers options for safe and reliable late-night travel around the city. “Our Night Owls and E-Buses run until after 3 a.m., connecting major late-night destinations like the 6th Street entertainment district with neighborhoods around town,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson. “MetroRail operates until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, and MetroRapid runs until after midnight weeknights and Saturdays, so there are lots of choices for people who stay out late and don’t want to drive home.” Watson noted that Capital Metro also typically extends late-night train and bus service until 2:30 a.m. during special events like SXSW and Formula 1.

Process & Key Take Aways from the Report

The process involved use of Google and OpenStreetMap web services to geocode addresses and resulted in the creation of three heat maps:
Home addresses of DWI suspects
Locations DWI suspects were stopped
City Council districts of DWI suspects.

The data revealed the majority of DWI arrests in 2014 occurred in the downtown Austin corridor and E. Riverside Drive.

District 3, which includes the Riverside Drive corridor, had the most residents arrested for DWI in 2014 with 724.
Most of those residents live in the Riverside Drive corridor
Few DWI suspects live west of Mopac.

MAPS
Overview of Impaired Driving Analysis
Austin DWI Arrest Locations Map
DWI Suspect Home Locations Map
DWI Suspect Age / Home Location Correlation Map
DWI Arrests by Austin City Council District Map

There were 55 deadly car crashes in Austin in 2014, and 28 of them involved impaired drivers.

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About MobilityATX
Concerned with Austin’s growing transportation needs, and with no clear solution in sight, Austin’s public and private partners, including RideScout, City of Austin, Capital Metro, Austin Technology Council, CleanTX, and others launched MobilityATX on April 13. MobilityATX is a three-month long initiative that invites all Central Texans. to provide short-term policy solutions and ideas aimed at improving transportation in Austin. The most popular and salient ideas the community produces will be delivered to city and municipal government officials for consideration.

About RideScout
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates transportation options on its free iOS and Android apps and, utilizing predictive technology, helps users get around cities faster and smarter. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit departures and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. RideScout is a company within moovel GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG. Please visit www.ridescout.com for more information.

About Glasshouse Policy
Glasshouse Policy, an Austin-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, has focused on the state Legislature since its launch in September. “We’re excited to bring our unique, crowdsourced and collaborative process to our home city of Austin,” said Francisco Enriquez, the CEO and co-founder of Glasshouse Policy. “Collaborating with RideScout, another Austin startup, is a great opportunity to introduce our brand of transparent policy production to Austin transportation.”

05/9/2015

For SXSW, RideScout Announces App Update Featuring In-App Mobile Ticketing and Fare Purchases

FOR RELEASE ON March 9, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Charlesworth
rachel@ridescoutapp.com
ph: 202-904-0116

For SXSW, RideScout Announces App Update Featuring In-App Mobile Ticketing and Fare Purchases

In partnership with Capital Metro and Bytemark Inc., the popular free app now offers enhanced ground transit information, real-time transit departure times and convenient mobile ticketing for Austin users

AUSTIN, TX — March 9, 2015: RideScout, the leader in real-time aggregated ground transportation services, today announced the availability of a new version of their popular mobile app that disrupts the status quo in the mass transit ecosystem. In addition to RideScout’s powerful GPS-based search capabilities that enable Austin users to easily access local transit information and real-time departures, the enhanced RideScout app allows for the convenient in-app purchase of bus and rail fares for Capital Metro. The new RideScout app, version 1.8.21, is available immediately for iOS and Android mobile devices in the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play.

In preparation for the increased demand on Austin’s mass transit system by the thousands of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival attendees, RideScout has partnered with Capital Metro and Bytemark Inc., a leading platform provider of mobile ticketing and commerce solutions for the mass transit industry, to enhance product functionality by leveraging Bytemark’s open platform in the new RideScout app. Now, SXSW visitors and everyday Austin users can easily and efficiently plan their transportation routes and purchase transit tickets from the convenience of the RideScout platform.

In real-time, RideScout serves up the best bus or rail line options based on a user’s circumstances and will automatically indicate which daily or monthly pass level — local, premium or commuter — is required for the trip. The public-private partnership between RideScout, Bytemark Inc. and Capital Metro coincides with Capital Metro’s new real time transit data initiative, providing actual departure times for buses and trains according to GPS devices inside the vehicles.

“We are pleased that the result of our public-private partnership between RideScout, Bytemark Inc. and Capital Metro provides Austin locals and visitors with transit planning information, real-time transit departure times and convenient mobile fare purchases in one app, making travel around Austin easier and more reliable than ever,” said Joseph Kopser, CEO and co-founder of RideScout. “The new in-app payment integration signals that Capital Metro is dedicated to providing the best experience possible for new and seasoned transit riders, and SXSW is an exciting opportunity to showcase these powerful new capabilities and predictive technologies.”

To access the new mobile fare feature, users will need to pull up the transit options around them or search for a specific destination, then tap into the details view to see Capital Metro routes and info. By simply clicking “Buy Daily Pass” they will be redirected to purchase the appropriate pass for their trip.

To access the new mobile fare feature, users will need to pull up the transit options around them or perform a search in the RideScout app for a specific destination and tap into the details view for Capital Metro. By simply clicking “Buy Daily Pass” they will be redirected to the Capital Metro app and to purchase the appropriate pass for their trip.

“Riders want evolving technology options that make their trip planning easier—through our innovative app-to-app partnership with RideScout we continue pushing the envelope to provide added convenience and reliability,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda S. Watson. “This type of transit app integration places Austin on the map, once again.”

RideScout has also developed a new “Switch Modes” feature that allows users to find other nearby transportation options including taxi, rideshare and biking if plans change or public transportation is delayed. This powerful new feature will also be immediately available.

“The city of Austin was recently ranked as the top U.S. city for technology-enabled transportation and has long been a pioneer in forward-thinking new transit services,” said Micah Bergdale, CEO of Bytemark Inc. “The combination of RideScout’s innovative mobile app and Capital Metro’s real-time transit information is testament to the flexibility of our open mobile ticketing and mobile payments platform and how seamlessly we can interoperate with third-party developers and other mass transit systems. This is another significant advancement for Austin commuters and we are pleased to be a part of this initiative.”

About RideScout
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates public, private and social rideshare on its free iOS and Android apps and, utilizing predictive technology and real-time data, helps users get around cities faster and smarter. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit departures and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. RideScout is a subsidiary of car2go North America, a brand of moovel GmbH. Please visit www.ridescout.com for more information.

About Bytemark Inc.
A New York City startup with offices in the UK, Canada and Australia, Bytemark Inc. provides mobile ticketing and payment solutions for transit, attractions, and events. In January 2012, Bytemark Inc. launched the first mobile ticketing app for a major U.S. transit agency with the release of the NY Waterway app. Bytemark Inc. is focused on providing its partners with the tools they need to navigate the rapidly evolving mobile ticketing industry. Transit in the U.S. has been underserved by the expansion of mobile technology, and Bytemark Inc. is working to bridge the gap between the transit industry and America’s growing technology sector. For more information, visit www.bytemark.co.

About Capital Metro
Capital Metro connects people, jobs and communities by providing high-quality and sustainable transportation choices to Central Texans. Capital Metro provides enough rides each weekday onboard its buses, trains, paratransit and vanpool vehicles to fill Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and Disch-Falk Field combined. As the regional transportation leader, Capital Metro is driving progress and investing in the region’s mobility with high-capacity transit solutions like MetroRapid, which moves more people at less cost and with less impact to the environment. Capital Metro is a financially sound and fiscally responsible agency, winning the highest rating for financial transparency from the Texas Comptroller for the fourth straight year. Visit www.capmetro.org for more information.

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04/13/2015

Public/Private Partnership to Crowdsource Solutions to Austin’s Transportation Troubles

MEDIA ADVISORY
CONTACT:

Patti Kelly Niewolny, RideScout Communications Manager
512-731-1863; @PattiKNiewolny
patti@ridescout.com

MEDIA INVITED to the launch of ‘MobilityATX’ on April 13
Public/Private Partnership to Crowdsource Solutions to Austin’s Transportation Troubles

Concerned with Austin’s growing transportation needs, and with no clear solution in sight, RideScout, Capital Metro, City of Austin, Leadership Austin, Glasshouse Policy, Austin Technology Council, and other public and private partners are launching MobilityATX.

MobilityATX was created as an innovative approach to municipal mobility challenges. Built by Austin-based non-profit Glasshouse Policy as a resource for Central Texans, the City of Austin, Mayor Adler, and the Austin City Council, MobilityATX is a conversation series and town hall discussion for Central Texans to explore topics that impact regional mobility. MobilityATX will invite the public, Austin community leaders, regional transportation providers, mobility influencers, and regional employers to join this effort to turn citizen-sourced priorities into effective policy solutions.

Media are invited to kick off MobilityATX with a press brunch. Come hear more about this initiative while getting caffeinated and filling up on breakfast tacos.
**Please RSVP (so we know how much grub to get) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mobilityatx-launch-media-breakfast-tickets-16423506149.**

WHO: RideScout, Capital Metro, City of Austin, Leadership Austin, Glasshouse Policy, Austin Technology Council, Mayor Adler and other public and private partners (full list at www.mobilityatx.com). One-on-one interviews available following brunch.

WHEN: Monday, April 13 at 10:00am

WHERE: RideScout office, 200 E. 6th Street, Suite 200, Austin, TX

“It’s no secret that Central Texans struggle with mobility everyday,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-founder and CEO of RideScout. “That’s why RideScout is excited to help launch MobilityATX. We wanted to hear from people who deal with these issues everyday. This is an opportunity for our city, all of us, to roll-up our sleeves as a community and talk about how to fix mobility in our community and then carry out short-term pilot projects to see what works. MobilityATX is the first step to long term, sustainable changes.”

“It’s time for a new conversation about Central Texas mobility,” said Mayor Adler about MobilityATX. “We need an ongoing conversation about transportation solutions. MobilityATX gives Central Texas residents a chance to breathe new ideas into a regional conversation. I look forward to participating myself as the conversation unfolds.”

Other community partners supporting this initiative include CleanTX and Austin Music People.

In addition, through a partnership with the City of Austin, Leadership Austin, and Capital Metro, community residents can also take part in MobilityATX through the new, in-person Conversation Corps program. The district-by-district conversation series will function to close the digital divide between individuals who want to take part in the MobilityATX conversation, but are unable or would rather communicate their ideas in an online forum.

MobilityATX kicks off with a press brunch on Monday, April 13 and concludes with an open town hall meeting on June 23rd (date subject to change). There will be four or five live streamed online discussions on various topics, including commuting, growth, parking, impaired driving, and the future of Austin (dates TBD). To receive updates about these online discussions, and how to participate, sign up for the MobilityATX mailing list at www.mobilityatx.com.

About RideScout
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates transportation options on its free iOS and Android apps and, utilizing predictive technology, helps users get around cities faster and smarter. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit departures and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. RideScout is a company within moovel GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG. Please visit www.ridescout.com for more information.

About Glasshouse Policy
Glasshouse Policy, an Austin-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, has focused on the state Legislature since its launch in September. “We’re excited to bring our unique, crowdsourced and collaborative process to our home city of Austin,” said Francisco Enriquez, the CEO and co-founder of Glasshouse Policy. “Collaborating with RideScout, another Austin startup, is a great opportunity to introduce our brand of transparent policy production to Austin transportation.

01/27/2015

RideScout Announces Hire of Erica Brennes, Former KEYE TV Traffic Anchor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Charlesworth
rachel@ridescout.com
202-904-0116

 

RideScout Announces Hire of Erica Brennes, Former KEYE TV Traffic Anchor
The technology company aims to develop interactive content to help people utilize transportation options.

Austin, TX–January 27, 2015: Today, RideScout announced the hire of Erica Brennes, who recently left her position as the traffic anchor at Austin-based CBS affiliate, KEYE TV. Erica joins RideScout as the Director of Interactive Content, working with the company to develop video content that educates, informs and delights people as they make decisions about mobility.

“I’m passionate about helping Austin’s residents get around our growing city and avoid traffic in the process,” said Erica. “Serving as KEYE TV’s first traffic anchor was an honor and now I’m thrilled to work with a forward thinking startup to tackle transportation issues from a different angle.”

RideScout will be the first company of its kind to have an in-house reporter telling stories from the field relevant to transportation. She will begin the initiative in Austin, helping to inform Austinites about their traffic, bus and rail congestion, bike lanes, and more in real time through engaging video content

“With her experience as a reporter at KEYE, we are thrilled to have Erica join us as we continue to tackle transportation issues in Austin and beyond,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “If people know about sudden changes to congestion, how to better utilize public transit, whether the rail is full, or the best bike route based on construction, they will be better able to utilize all of the transportation options around them and take full advantage of their city.”

Originally from Austin, Erica obtained her Electronic Media degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She began her broadcasting career in Wichita Falls, TX, subsequently moving to a position as the weekend TV anchor in Waco, TX. In 2009, Erica founded a video production company that created branding video content for businesses, but got back into broadcasting in 2012 with her position at KEYE.

“I remember the time you could drive from downtown Austin to the Arboretum in ten minutes,” said Erica. That time is long gone and it’s time for residents, new and old, to adjust to the new Austin and take advantage of transportation alternatives that help people move about the city congestion free.”

 

About RideScout
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. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, ride-hail, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit arrivals and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. RideScout is a subsidiary of car2go North America, a brand of moovel GmbH. Please visit www.ridescout.com for more information.

About car2go N.A. LLC
car2go North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler and a brand of moovel GmbH, is the largest carsharing company in the world.  Offering an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the “first and last mile” of a member’s commute. Today, car2go has more than 1,000,000 registered members in 29 locations with access to over 12,500 interconnected vehicles around the world.

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11/12/2014

RideScout Co-Founders Announce UT Endowment Fund Tailored to Veterans

Austin, TX–November 12, 2014: Today, the co-founders of RideScout announced The RideScout Student Veteran Entrepreneurship Endowment, a fund seeded by the September 2014 sale of their company to car2go N.A., a brand of moovel GmbH. Funds generated by the $70,000 endowment provides initial investment to student veterans at the University of Texas at Austin interested in starting their own companies. The endowment was announced at the Second Annual Defense Energy Summit.

RideScout is a company founded by two Army veterans and graduates of the West Point Class of 1993. The company is a mobile resource to discover available transportation options around a user.

“The sale of RideScout to one of the largest mobility and automobile manufacturers in the world is a testament to how veterans can succeed when presented with a mission,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “Veterans are like any other entrepreneur–driven, passionate, and inspired. The only difference is that many have had no private sector experience before launching their company. We plan to help them make the transition to entrepreneurship a little bit easier.”

“The RideScout Endowment enables us to pay it forward and invest in more veterans to help them launch companies and new lives,” said Craig Cummings, RideScout Co-Founder and COO. “Veterans spent their military career defending the American dream of free enterprise, now let’s help them participate in it.”

The RideScout Endowment’s first release of funds will go towards the James D. Pippin Veteran Entrepreneurship Award, a prize in the Texas Venture Labs (TVL) Investment Competition. The Pippin Award will be awarded to the most promising startup in TVL with one or more veteran co-founders.

“Helping the Austin entrepreneurial community is central to TVL’s mission and we’re always excited when our alumni choose to give back to the community and to help support that mission,” said Dr. Rob Adams, Director of Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs. “We’re thrilled to have the Pippen Award to offer to the many veteran entrepreneurs who work with our organization to start their businesses.”

RideScout makes this announcement just after Veteran’s Day, in association with the Defense Energy Summit and The Bunker-Austin, a startup incubator for veteran founded businesses.

 

About RideScout

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. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit arrivals and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. RideScout is a subsidiary of car2go North America, a brand of moovel GmbH. Please visit www.ridescout.com for more information.

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09/3/2014

car2go North America Officially Welcomes RideScout

AUSTIN, TEXAS and STUTTGART, GERMANY (September 3rd, 2014) – moovel GmbH  announced today that car2go North America LLC, a brand of moovel, has acquired RideScout LLC, the leading app-based mobility platform in North America, dedicated to allowing users to search and compare ground transportation options on demand.  In addition, moovel GmbH announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Intelligent Apps GmbH (“mytaxi”), a global and fully automated, app-based taxi booking service.   Terms of the agreements were not disclosed, and the transactions were completed on September 2nd, 2014 and August 29th, respectively.

The transactions will bring car2go North America and moovel GmbH two of the most expansive and uniquely positioned tech companies in today’s urban mobility space.

“We are very pleased to welcome RideScout and mytaxi as new members of the moovel family”, reports Robert Henrich, CEO at moovel GmbH. “The acquisition of RideScout and Intelligent Apps pushes our global strategy a significant step forward.  We are investing further in the development and growth of urban mobility in North America, Germany and other parts of the world. Our mutual objectives are the expansion of our leadership role on the international market and to continue our pioneering efforts to radically simplify the future of mobility.”

RideScout is managed by Joseph Kopser and Craig Cummings, who founded the company in 2011.  Offering more than 300 mobility providers for users to choose from a one-stop mobile application, RideScout is available in 69 cities in North America.  Following the acquisition, RideScout will operate as a subsidiary of car2go North America and will continue to operate out of the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas.  Joseph Kopser and Craig Cummings, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, will continue to manage the business.

“Robert Henrich and I share a vision for a better future in mobility for all – one where people travel from place to place seamlessly, rethinking the definition of car ownership.  I am thrilled that RideScout is working with car2go to expand this vision,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “Our partnership enables us to build a better product for our users and our customers, helping people make better transportation decisions in an emerging transportation marketplace and improving quality of life for all.”

With the acquisition of Intelligent Apps GmbH, moovel GmbH plans to accelerate the international expansion of the taxi booking app and intensify collaborative product development.

Launched in 2009, mytaxi is the world’s first app to enable direct connections between taxi users and taxi drivers.  With a global volume of more than ten million downloads, mytaxi is the front runner in the field of taxi booking apps. At the beginning of 2012, then under the name of car2go Deutschland GmbH, moovel GmbH acquired a holding in mytaxi.

“With moovel, a pioneer in the field of innovative mobility services, we now have the ideal partner for mytaxi and our team.  We share the same visions and a burning passion for the issues of new and advanced mobility concepts”, explains Niclaus Mewes, CEO at mytaxi.  “With moovel behind us, we are now an enormous step closer to realize our vision of becoming the biggest and best taxi app – not only in Europe, but around the world.”

About car2go North America LLC

car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation and a brand of moovel GmbH, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world.  A flexible and “on demand” mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the “first and last mile” of a member’s commute.  Today, car2go is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 850,000 registered members in 26 cities across the globe.

The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including “Best Carshare” from the Vancouver Courier, “2014 Best CarSharing App” from Best of D.C., recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the “Greater Austin Business Award” for its environmental responsibility and sustainability, and the prestigious “2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.

About moovel GmbH

moovel GmbH (formerly Daimler Mobility Services GmbH), is a fully-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, and offers its customers innovative mobility solutions from a single source. With the car2go brand, the company is the world’s leading provider in the flexible car-sharing segment. With the moovel brand, the company additionally offers an intuitive smartphone app that enables customers to compare the various parameters of different mobility options and find the optimum route from A to B. Other activities of the company include the development of innovative solutions for locating and booking parking spaces and car-sharing concepts for commercial fleets. Pilot operations of car2go Black, the new parking spot based premium car-sharing service began in – and also between – the cities of Berlin and Hamburg in mid-February 2014.

About Daimler
Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled €118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.

About RideScout

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. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit arrivals and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas. Please visit www.ridescoutapp.com for more information.

About mytaxi

mytaxi is a product of Intelligent Apps GmbH and was launched in June 2009 by its founders Niclaus Mewes and Sven Külper. The Hamburg-based startup is a pioneer and market leader, and employs more than 150 people in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, and the USA. The taxi booking app enables direct communication between the taxi driver and the passenger. The app has been downloaded by more than 10 million users and is available in 40 cities with more than 45,000 affiliated taxis. Further information can be found at www.mytaxi.com

 

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08/13/2014

RideScout Moves into the World of Rideshare, Partners with Carma

From the city to the suburbs, RideScout facilitates the discovery of shared rides.

 

Austin, TX–August 13, 2014: Today, RideScout is proud to introduce new rideshare capabilities as a result of its recent partnership with Carma, a service that matches users with people nearby who want to set up carpools in advance or on demand. Ridesharing, which consists of two or more people going in the same direction sharing seats in a car, is a key part of the transportation ecosystem within RideScout.

 

“RideScout was founded with the mission to connect people with rides to help facilitate more shared rides and I’m thrilled to partner with ridesharing company Carma and shared ride-for-hire platform Bandwagon to help bring the shared transportation economy into RideScout,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “By saving time and money, we all win.”

 

As a mobile platform for carpooling, Carma’s goal is to make ridesharing easy and flexible, reducing the number of cars on the road and improving upon traffic issues across the country. A partnership with Carma extends RideScout’s functionality within cities and into suburbs and less densely populated areas. Now users can set up ridesharing in markets where Carma has esttablished federally funded real-time ridesharing programs in the United States, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, Santa Barbara, and Washington, DC.

 

“This is yet another sign that carpooling (or Carmapooling in our case) is on the rise. People are adopting Carma as their best commute option because they realize it’s the smart solution to our congestion and pollution problems,” says Paul Steinberg, VP of Business Development at Carma. “True ridesharing only happens when drivers share seats in order to help their fellow neighbor; not in order to make a profit. Now, through our latest collaboration with RideScout, true ridesharing matches can be found alongside bus and train schedules, helping people utilize the millions of wasted empty seats on our roads every single rush hour.”

 

As Carma extends RideScout’s functionality in sprawling urban areas, the company’s partnership with Bandwagon facilitates shared taxis within cities, helping passengers find each other and share the cost of transportation in New York City and at places and times of critical density anywhere in the world. Shared rides can shave around 40% off the cost of a taxi, and save passengers long waits on taxi lines. Founded in early 2013, Bandwagon’s model of taxi and ride-for-hire share has been adopted by Uber and Lyft.

 

“A staggering number of seats in cars remain empty,” says David Mahfouda, CEO of New York City-based Bandwagon. “Giving people the power to make better use of those seats is an important tool for making our transportation more accessible, affordable and efficient, and it depends upon an openness to sharing. In providing a layer on top of taxis and ride-for-hire apps, Bandwagon allows people to find each other nearby and share rides without being bound to a single vehicle provider. We’re proud to be partnered with RideScout, and we share its vision for the future of transit—keeping it easy, accessible, and open.”

 

Bandwagon and Carma compliment each other because of their openness to data exchange, their shared mission in reducing the numbers of cars on the road, and a desire to improve the quality of life for people in cities and suburbs. RideScout is proud to feature both services on their transportation discovery platform.

 

About RideScout: RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates over 300 public, private and social rideshare services 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.

 

About Carma: Carma is a breakthrough ridesharing app that matches users with nearby people who want to share empty seats, reducing costs, traffic and emissions. It keeps a log of all completed trips for added safety, making it the world’s only verified ridesharing app. Carma operates federally funded real-time ridesharing programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, Santa Barbara, , and Washington, DC. Its customers include cities, governments and tens of thousands of individual commuters in Ireland, Norway and the USA.

 

About Bandwagon: Bandwagon makes it easy for people to share rides in taxis and car services, matching passengers in cities, at events, and airport taxi lines in real time or on a schedule. Bandwagon matches riders and routes in any city, and provides shared taxi service in NYC, particularly to and from airports. In addition to thousands of users, its customers include events, organizations and transportation hubs seeking to improve transportation and reduce financial and environmental costs. See more and get the free app at bandwagon.io.

 

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07/2/2014

Scouting Mission: Tips to Make Fourth of July Travel Stress-Free

RideScout offers transportation tips to reduce cost and frustration with Independence Day transportation.

 

Austin, TX–July 2, 2014: The most American of holidays is upon us, bringing people to our highways, airports, and train stations in droves. AAA reports that more than 41 million Americans will travel between July 2 and July 7, a 1.6% from last year and up 44% from the height of the recession in 2009.

“Despite the highest gas prices in six years, this 4th of July more than 8 out of 10 travelers will arrive to their destination by car, as reported by AAA,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “No matter if you travel 4 miles or 400 this weekend, RideScout enables travelers to choose smart transportation options, whether that’s sharing a car to save on gas, taking the metro to avoid traffic, or finding available parking.”

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. Making summer transportation more efficient everywhere, the company just announced their “Summer of 69” campaign, enabling travelers to use RideScout in 69 cities across the US and Canada.

RideScout’s transportation experts have developed a list of the top five travel tips for this 4th of July weekend:

1. Use public transit: If you’re visiting a new city or staying in your own, public transit is your best bet. Use buses, trains, and subway systems to navigate. RideScout integrates real time data in many cities across the country, so you won’t be stuck waiting for a bus that has been rerouted due to the fireworks display.

2. Book parking in advance: If you need to drive into the city, parking can be a nightmare. Luckily, RideScout has integrated parking availability so you can find available garage spaces and book them ahead of time or right when you need it. Then, with just two taps in the app we can help you navigate to your final destination from the garage.

3. Share your ride: A lot of us are going to remote destinations this holiday weekend. If you have to drive, fill the empty seats in your own car (or a Zipcar!). Splitting the cost of gas and having a companion to work the playlist as you drive? Win-win.

4. Stop waiting in taxi lines: Traveling by air for the 4th of July? Don’t wait in the mile long taxi line when you land. RideScout has integrated taxi like Hailo and Flywheel and ride-for-hire options like Sidecar and Gett in cities across the country. Land, book your ride, and get there fast.

5. Ride a bike: Once you’ve arrived to your destination (or if you’ve never left at all) start pedaling! This is the perfect weekend to try out a bikeshare system or go for a leisurely ride on your own set of wheels. Find bikeshare availability and biking directions in RideScout.

 

About RideScout: 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. Visit www.ridescoutapp.com for more information.

 

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06/9/2014

RideScout Expands to 69 Cities on 6/9

All-in-one transportation app begins their “Summer of 69” with increased app coverage in North America.

 

Austin, TX–June 9, 2014: Today, RideScout, the technology platform revolutionizing how people find and use ground transportation, announced their expansion to a total of 69 cities in North America, beginning their “Summer of 69.” Prior to today, RideScout had full coverage in five US cities.

In their free iOS and Android apps, RideScout brings together 337 transportation services, enabling 186 million people to search for rides, discover more options and explore dozens of cities, with more coming soon.

“In a short period of time, RideScout has secured relationships with ride providers in these 69 locations and people from cities around the world who have been asking for RideScout, a marketplace for all their transportation options,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “Our ride search engine has allowed us to scale quickly across North America, integrating both nationwide and hyperlocal solutions, something none of our competitors have been able to match.”

RideScout offers national carshare services like Zipcar and car2go, bikeshare systems like Citibike, Bay Area Bikeshare and B-Cycle nationwide, and taxi services like Hailo and Flywheel, enabling the company to expand coast to coast at a rapid pace. Integration of local services like City CarShare in San Francisco, or Gett in New York City tie RideScout to the local transportation community.

“RideScout is a great example of innovation, a company that is moving fast to solve one of our country’s biggest challenges–transportation,” said Aneesh Chopra, former White House CTO, author of “Innovative State” and current RideScout advisor. “By leveraging available open government data and partnering with private industry, RideScout provides the best of both worlds in one platform, completely changing how people everywhere can make decisions about how they travel.”

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. Last week the company was selected as a winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Data Innovation Challenge, recognizing how RideScout simplifies the way Americans see and understand transportation.

For a list of all 69 cities and available rides, please visit RideScout’s website.

 

Comments on the news

“As our nation’s transportation system becomes increasingly complex, the traveling public relies on tools like RideScout to quickly find the information they need to make informed travel decisions,” said Scott Belcher, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. “RideScout’s impressive expansion has transformed mobility and quality of life in dozens of cities across the country, showcasing the power of technology in improving accessibility for all.”

“Almost 10 years ago, I myself was frustrated with the lack of transit information available for public consumption, so the TriMet team worked with Google to develop a new way to organize it–GTFS,” said Bibiana McHugh, TriMet’s IT Manager of Geographic Information Systems. “What RideScout is doing to organize information about all the transportation options available around you is the next phase and something that people in cities around the world want and need.”

“Our members have been looking for ways to let more people find out about the forms of mobility that they are offering,” said Alan Woodland, Executive Director of the Carsharing Association. “RideScout connects people with the information they need to make better decisions about transportation and get out single occupancy vehicles.”

“It’s one of my goals as mayor to help the District of Columbia become one of the healthiest, most livable cities in the country,” Mayor Gray said. “I’m happy to be a part of RideScout’s launch because they are working towards a similar goal–helping to make existing and emerging transportation resources more accessible to all our residents.”

“The default answer for transportation in Austin does not have to be a personal car. Companies like RideScout make it easier for Austinites to find the transportation options that work best for them,” said Austin Council Member Chris Riley. “For every Austinite who finds an alternative for their commute, RideScout has helped all of us by taking one more car off the road.”

“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.”

“The Commission is pleased to welcome burgeoning options like RideScout that facilitate public transportation in the District,” said DC Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron M. Linton.

 

About RideScout

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 Google Drive for RideScout’s media kit and app screenshots.

 

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05/19/2014

RideScout Expands to Chicago Metro Area

Transportation aggregator continues rapid national expansion with fifth major city optimized in six months.

Chicago, IL–May 20, 2014: RideScout, the technology platform revolutionizing how people find and use ground transportation, today announced app optimization in the Chicago metro area, it’s fifth region since the product was introduced November 2013.

People of the Windy City can use RideScout to connect with Hailo taxis and black cars, Sidecar drivers, Zipcars, Divvy bike share, CTA bus, CTA subway, Metra rail and Amtrak, as well as walking, driving, and parking with the integration of Parking Panda.

“Chicago is known for its public transportation and, with the multitude of alternative ride options as well, people need a way to quickly and easily compare their options,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “RideScout brings much needed transparency to Chicago’s transportation ecosystem and we are excited to add this this city as part of our rapid growth and expansion plan.”

In conjunction with RideScout’s optimization in Chicago, former Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation Gabe Klein has recently joined RideScout’s Board of Advisors.

“There is no silver bullet to solve all of our urban transportation challenges, nor is there one mode choice for every trip. RideScout recognizes this complexity,” said Gabe Klein, RideScout Advisor. “Whether at that moment you are most focused on lowest cost, fastest trip, or biggest health benefits, RideScout gives you answers to your questions and books your trip instantly.”

With the second largest public transportation system in the United States and an average of 1.6 million rides taken daily, Chicago residents have great access to mobility. However, a recent study by Transportation for America demonstrates that millennials want to live in places that aren’t just walkable and connected to transit, but also have newer ride options like Divvy Bikes, Sidecar and Hailo.

“As our service in Chicago continues to expand with thousands of licensed taxis and the best-priced black cars in town, we’re excited to partner with RideScout to share our fast, convenient and safe travel options with their users,” said Justin Raymond, Co-President of Hailo North America.

Free on iOS and Android, RideScout aggregates ground transportation services, including public transit, private options, and social rideshare, allowing people to search and compare rides on demand and in real time. RideScout users can see transportation options available around them now or perform an A to B search, which provides point-to-point directions from desired starting location to destination.

RideScout’s app is currently optimized in the Washington, DC, metro area, Austin, TX, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, MA, and now the Chicago metro area. Coverage in additional U.S. cities will be announced in Summer 2014.

About RideScout

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.

04/24/2014

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 both Boston area residents and the region’s 20 million 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.”

About RideScout

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.

About Zipcar

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.

 

04/10/2014

RideScout Launches 24/7 Transportation Coverage for Bay Area

New Ride Options Flywheel, City CarShare, Bay Area Bike Share, and Scoot Complete Picture of Transportation.

San Francisco, CA–April 10, 2014: RideScout, the technology platform revolutionizing how people find and use ground transportation, today announced that it has optimized its iOS and Android apps for the Bay Area, providing expansive coverage with the recent integration of Flywheel, City CarShare, Bay Area Bike Share, Scoot, and public transit options.

RideScout transportation options in the Bay Area now include Sidecar, Silvercar, Muni, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, AC Transit, Blue & Gold Fleet, Baylink Ferry and SamTrans — along with Flywheel, City CarShare, Bay Area Bike Share, and Scoot– as well as walking, driving, and even parking with Parking Panda. The company plans to announce additional national ride provider partnerships this Spring.

RideScout is a free mobile app that aggregates ground transportation options, including public, private and social rideshare, allowing people to search and compare ground transportation options around them on demand and in real time. Users can see options available around them now or perform an A to B search, which provides point-to-point directions from starting location to destination.

“From day one, we have received requests for RideScout in San Francisco, as people have seen how easy and efficient it is to get around a city with our app,” said Joseph Kopser, RideScout Co-Founder and CEO. “The Bay Area has a wealth of ground transportation options, but the fastest or cheapest ride is not always clear. With RideScout, people can choose the best transportation option based on their needs right then and there, wherever they are, sorting by arrival time, cost or type of ride.”

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee’s Transportation Task Force shares RideScout’s sentiments, stating the following in their most recent report, “The City’s current transportation policies affirm that a balanced, multi- modal transportation system—including public transit, automobiles, bicycles and pedestrian modes of travel—are necessary to maintain a high quality of life and promote the economic well-being of the community.”

RideScout first launched in Washington, DC, in November 2013 and then expanded coverage to Austin, TX, in February 2014. Coverage of additional U.S. cities is coming throughout the Spring.

Partner comments on the news:

“With three minute average driver arrival times, Flywheel has reinvented taking a taxi in San Francisco. And now, with the help of RideScout, even more people in San Francisco will discover Flywheel’s predictable fares and fully insured drivers” said Steve Humphreys, CEO of Flywheel.

“We’ve partnered with RideScout for several months now in Washington, DC, and have seen an increase in our ability to connect people to shared rides,” said Sunil Paul, Founder and CEO of Sidecar. “We are excited to see RideScout help San Francisco Sidecar users move around the city more easily.”

“City CarShare is pleased and excited to collaborate with RideScout to ensure that both City CarShare’s 15,000-plus members and RideScout users have the most up-to-date information related to the whereabouts and availability of City CarShare’s fleet of over 400 conveniently located and environmentally friendly carshare vehicles,” said Rick Hutchison, CEO of City CarShare.

“Scoot is a fast and affordable complement to all the other ways you can get around San Francisco, so we are happy to be featured alongside so many other great options in RideScout,” said Michael Keating, CEO and Founder of Scoot Networks.

“In 2012, Parking Panda launched in San Francisco to help solve a problem so many people can understand–having trouble finding a spot to leave your wheels,” said Parking Panda CEO Nick Miller. “We’re excited to announce full integration with RideScout in the Bay Area so users can see parking spots, pricing and availability alongside many other ride options.”

“RideScout is a smart way for the next generation of mobile travelers at SFO Airport to discover they can travel better using the Silvercar app to rent an Audi A4 without the hassle of waiting at a counter or filling out tons of paperwork,” said Silvercar CEO Luke Schneider.

About RideScout: RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates public, private and social ride share 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.

 

02/19/2014

Press Release: RideScout & Austin B-cycle Announce Partnership

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February 19, 2014

RideScout & Austin B-cycle Announce Partnership; Improve Local Transportation
The startup returns to its hometown and enhances functionality, bringing more Austin options together.

Austin, Texas: In a press conference this morning, RideScout and Austin B-cycle announced the recent integration of the bikeshare system in RideScout’s mobile app and celebrated better transportation options in the city. RideScout, an Austin-based startup, is a technology platform that connects users to public, private and social modes of transportation, linking users to Austin B-cycle, CapMetro, car2go, Electric Cab, and pedicab as well as walking, biking, driving, and real-time parking options in one app.

“The default answer for transportation in Austin does not have to be a personal car. Companies like RideScout make it easier for Austinites to find the transportation options that work best for them,” said Austin Council Member Chris Riley. “For every Austinite who finds an alternative for their commute, RideScout has helped all of us by taking one more car off the road.”

With the proliferation of several new transportation services in Austin, RideScout is a platform that brings many options together in one view. Recent RideScout app improvements include comprehensive Austin B-cycle trip planning, car2go cost estimates and enhanced functionality for Android app users.

“With transit, car share, and bikeshare, Austin finally has a complete transportation solution that reduces traffic congestion while getting you where you want to go fast and easy,” said Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle. “And now we have a single app with RideScout that lets Austinites plan trips on CapMetro, Car2go and Austin B-cycle, all in one place.”

Austin B-cycle launched operations on December 21, 2013 and plans to have 40 stations by mid-March.

“As an Austinite myself, I’m thrilled to come back and help improve transportation in Austin after we’ve proven the model with our launch in Washington, DC,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout. “There has never been an app where the people of Austin can see and compare this many transportation options in real-time. Now there is and it’s called RideScout.”

RideScout launched operations in Washington, DC on November 20, 2013 and has been growing steadily with a 20% increase in active users week over week.

“With the recent addition of MetroRapid service, Capital Metro is giving Austin residents more options to commute quickly and comfortably,” said Todd Hemingson, Capital Metro’s Vice-President Strategic Planning & Development. “We are excited to see RideScout come into the Austin market and make combining trips with transit, car share and bike share that much easier for the customer.”

RideScout and Austin B-cycle announce their partnership just before SXSW, during which the bikeshare system and local car2go outpost expect to have a spike in new and active users.

“With our North American headquarters here in Austin, we’re invested in this city and are excited to welcome RideScout, which enables the city’s residents to choose an option like car2go or an alternative option when it doesn’t make sense for him or her to drive,” said car2go Chief Marketing Officer Paul DeLong.

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11/21/2013

RideScout Enhances 24/7 Public, Private and Social Transportation Options; Launches in DC

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November 21, 2013 Rachel Charlesworth

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RideScout Enhances 24/7 Public, Private and Social Transportation Options; Launches in DC

Startup announces new app features and partnerships, enhancing the user experience in time for its DC launch.

 

Washington, DC: RideScout, a free mobile app that connects users to public, private and social modes of transportation, has arrived in Washington, DC.  On the heels of a successful beta test this summer, RideScout has added several new features and expanded its family of partners including popular international taxi e-hailing service Hailo.  Hailo joins over a dozen existing partners including car2go, Sidecar, Capital Bikeshare, Metro bus and rail, DC Circulator, ART, DASH, DC Pedicab, and Alexandria Yellow Cab.

 

Recently added partners and in-app updates provide RideScout users with around the clock transportation options for the DC Metro area.  New features include enhanced trip cost estimation, sorting ride options by cost or time, walking and biking routes with an estimation of calories burned, and improved social rideshare functionality.

 

“We chose Washington, DC as our first launch city because it has some of the worst traffic in the country while at the same time having one of the widest array of transportation options available,” said Joseph Kopser, Co-Founder and CEO of RideScout.  “The problem is people can’t see and compare their options in real-time. RideScout solves that problem.”

 

RideScout officially launched in Washington, DC on November 20th and marked the occasion with a private event at startup campus 1776.  Notable attendees included Mayor Vincent Gray, Taxicab Commissioner Ron Linton,  several Members of Congress, and former White House CTO, Aneesh Chopra.

 

“It’s one of my goals as mayor to help the District of Columbia become one of the healthiest, most livable cities in the country,” Mayor Gray said. “I’m happy to be a part of RideScout’s launch because they are working towards a similar goal–helping to make existing and emerging transportation resources more accessible to all our residents.”

 

RideScout has been growing steadily prior to launch, with over 700% growth in active users since July 1, 2013.

 

“The Commission is pleased to welcome burgeoning options like RideScout that facilitate public transportation in the District,” said DC Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron M. Linton.

 

RideScout is the only app that provides point-to-point trip planning services with public, private, and social ridesharing options in one view. RideScout has launched in DC, but the app is available in any city where its national ride providers are available.

About RideScout, LLC: Started by two veterans turned entrepreneurs, RideScout is the “Kayak™ of ground transportation.” Now available in Washington, DC and Austin, TX, the company’s iPhone and Android apps aggregate public and private ground transportation options, allowing you to search and compare them on-demand. The company unveiled its alpha product at SXSW Interactive in March 2013 and launched in it’s first city of Washington DC November of 2013. Visit ridescoutapp.com for more information.

 

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