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The good and bad of Uber in Bangkok

Uber, the global peer-to-peer taxi service, has become pretty popular in Bangkok. It started operating in Thailand in 2014. While Bangkok taxis are super cheap, they have some problems. Often drivers will refuse to run the meter, instead negotiating higher prices. And many will refuse to take passengers if they don’t like your destination. Both […]

Shypp.it Shut Down: Legal Perils of Crowdsourced Delivery

The Shypp.it crowdsourced delivery service has only been around for 15 months, but they just announced the business is shutting down. The explanation is interesting: the company is based in Germany and they ran into problems with German banking law around how they were holding shyppers’ money in escrow. I really like the system of social shipping […]

Ridesharing Services 2016 Obits

Ridesharing, a slightly more formalized system of carpooling, is something that never really caught on in the United States. I blame the FBI. For whatever reason, Americans prefer to drive their own cars or pay for taxis, fly, or even occasionally take busses. In other countries, especially in Europe, booking a seat in a stranger’s car […]

Busses are the Best Ridesharing

If you support the concept of ridesharing, where random strangers open up their vehicles to take on riders who are going the same route, it seems obvious you should also like public transportation. It’s nice to share a car so that all four seats are used. But it’s even more efficient to share a 50 seat bus. […]

SplitCab Brings Shared Cabs to LHR

A few months ago the folks at SplitCab reached out to me to ask that I include them in my peer-to-peer travel resources spreadsheet. Similar to Uber Pool and Lyft Line, SplitCab facilitates riders sharing a taxi, but unlike Uber and Lyft these are commercial cars. And initially SplitCab is focusing on the London Heathrow […]

Ridesharing Report: Blablacar Lisbon –> Madrid

As I previous reported, Blablacar is the cheapest and fastest way to get from Lisbon to Madrid. So I booked a ride with a Portugese BMW driver who was visiting his girlfriend in Madrid. After exchanging a few messages I found that he lived near to my Lisbon lodging and could pick me up just a […]

Rome2Rio Confirms: Ridesharing wins for Lisbon to Madrid transit

There’s a very useful website called Rome2Rio which offers a comparison of methods of transportation between places throughout the world. Let’s say, for instance, that I need to get from Lisbon to Madrid. A search on Rome2Rio will produce this: I can compare the travel times and costs for all the methods of transportation between […]

Tripda Shutting down Ridesharing Service

Less than a year after receiving $11 million in funding, Tripda has announced that it will close it’s ridesharing service on March 4th. They were one of a number of new companies that have emerged in the past few years to facilitate sharing of transportation and costs on long drives.

Uber in Bogotá: When peer-to-peer taxis are really useful

On my recent trip to Colombia a friend and I spent 3 days in Bogotá, a city that is “high crime” and considered especially dangerous for tourists. I tend to take these sorts of warnings with several grains of salt. After all, lots of people think New York City is super dangerous, and if that’s their […]

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