Corporate Carpools

Many companies, universities and organizations support closed carpools as a member benefit. By limiting the carpool to a closed group, lack of trust is usually not an issue anymore – and communication between participants is intended. In case many carpoolers share one campus or building, the probability to find a matching ride is much higher in this circular setting than in a plain field setting. Smaller companies might even team up with other companies close-by in order to reach the critical mass for a sufficient ride matching probability.

Expected Benefits

Benefits for the employees

  • Reduced commuting costs
  • Networking
  • Perks related to the carpool, such as priority parking
  • Reduced stress by not driving on their own

Benefits for the company/organization

  • Higher employee satisfaction
  • Networking among different departments
  • Reduced carbon footprint for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Improved image as a environment-friendly company
  • ISO 14401 certification friendly
  • Reduced need for parking space

The following post gives an overview about some carpooling systems available for these corporate carpools.

Carpool Software
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Functionality

When organizations set up a carpool, they need to select a system matching their specific needs. Just implementing any kind of matching software and hoping that it will be used won’t be sufficient. To reach a sufficient matching probability, a “critical mass” (or more precisely a “critical density”) needs to be active right from the start. Otherwise participants will test it, not find a ride – and be lost for the system. Promising carpooling systems offer both: the technical platform and implementation and operations support. Let’s have a look at some of the known systems on the market:

Function Faxi Flinc iCarpool Liftshare Open Carpool SAP TwoGo Bosch SPLT Waze Carpool Wunder Zimride
Implementation support On demand No Promotion material and professional services On demand Project plan and promotion material Yes No Yes Yes
24/7 customer care No Yes
Dynamic real-time ride matching Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Real-time vehicle tracking Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Configurable detour limitation Yes No
Customizable routes Yes Yes Yes
Recurring rides No No Yes Yes No
Round trip Yes Yes
Parking allocation Yes
Integration of public transport No Yes Yes, static No
Backup mobility service No No No No
In-built rewards program No No
Payment Yes Yes No Yes
Driver and passenger verification Yes No Yes
Closed community No Yes Yes No, just filters
Blacklist No No
Driver and passenger rating Yes Yes No Yes
Reporting and Analytics Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Multi location and time zones Yes Yes Yes
Multi-language support Yes Yes Yes
Multi-client capability No Yes No
White label or co-branding No Yes Yes No Yes
Software as a Service (SaaS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single Sign On (SSO) No No No
Integration in car navigation Yes No
Interfaces (Web, App, Calendar, API) App only Web, app App only Web, Outlook calendar Web, app, intranet App App only App only
Emergency notification system No No No Yes
Integrated social media or chat Yes No No Yes
Comment Currently not offering corporate carpools but carpooling for events Managed carpool service in some US cities Stong in the UK and Ireland Open Source MVP and not a commercial product, no longer available Strong in Germany Open carpool system from Google’s sister company which allows to filter for co-workers only. Available only in Brasil, Israel and the US yet. The Hamburg-based service is strong in India and the Philippines The Enterprise company provides a managed service at many US universities
URL https://faxi.co.uk/corp/ https://flinc.org/ http://www.icarpool.com/ http://business.liftshare.com/ https://web.opencarpool.org/ https://www.twogo.com http://splt.io/ https://www.waze.com/de/carpool https://www.wunder.org/carpool https://zimride.com/

This information is supplied without liability and subject to change.
Added 2019-04-23: http://b2ride.org/
Added 2019-06-08: https://www.hitchhike.ch

Conclusion

The market for carpool systems is developing quickly and pure software offers might in future be offered via specialized consultancy companies. So please provide feedback and further insights on the systems, share  your experience and watch this space!

Corporate Carpooling / Ride Sharing Systems Compared
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