Instant Carpool (aka instapool) is my stealth startup. Oops, not so stealth any more. I am revealing it so that the idea catches, and before long, all cities have such a service. Its aim is to let everyone carpool, whether they are first-time, occasional or every-day travelers in a city.
The service provides stops along the roads, just like bus stops, only better maintained. Legislation permitting, stops show ads at prominent locations, and provide services for busy people to buy stuff over the internet. They also provide cheap Wi-Fi access. They are maintained using earnings from services and ads, and donations from philanthropists.
Hitchers can borrow signs at the stops to show their destination to passing cars. The signs themselves are ad-enabled.
The hitcher can buy an IOU card/token, over the internet, using a PC or Smartphone. Hitcher gives car owner a token written on a piece of paper, by bumping Smartphone, or using plastic. Car owner can cash the tokens for real money, or use them for rides.
Instant Carpool keeps 30% of the face value, and the tokens are priced at around bus fare rates. They are also sold at resellers in plastic, and resellers keep 10%.
I don’t want this idea to go beyond half a printed page, so I’ll stop at this point. If you like the startup, share this post like hell. May God bless your over-crowded city.