Popular Carpooling Website to Launch in US

Carpooling.com has caught on in Europe
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2011 10:02 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The German website Carpooling.com, a smash hit across Europe with millions of users, is readying a launch in the US, reports Fast Company. The web service connects passengers seeking transportation with drivers seeking to save cash who then negotiate a price for a ride. The site has rapidly expanded to 5,000 cities and 45 countries and now has its sights set on the US.

"It is going to work," says a company exec. "I don't think the wealth of America is so great they don't need to save money." Carpooling.com generates revenue by taking a portion of each fare, along with charging for extra features. No word yet on when the site will launch here. A handful of other sites are trying to make the idea work in the US as well, including Ridaroo in Philadelphia, notes Fast Company.

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