A new carpooling app developed by Mobileware, a company based at the Long Island High Tech Incubator (LIHTI), has launched to help commuters save on transportation costs, reduce single occupancy vehicles on the road and reduce fuel consumption.
The new on-demand carpooling service, onTime™ Carpool, will transform how commuters get to their destinations using the public transportation system, especially through “first- and last-mile” connections. It is fully integrated with Mobileware’s existing onTime commuter mobile app, which provides real-time information on transit rail services and has over 3 million users.
Mobileware is working with Anil Yazici, associate professor of Stony Brook University’s Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to assess the benefits of carpooling and mobility choice research. onTime Carpool is also supported by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through its Public Transit Technology and Innovation Program.
“Lowering CO2 emissions is critical to reaching carbon neutrality,” said Yazici. “I look forward to analyzing the many benefits that Mobileware’s onTime Carpool service brings.”
According to Mobileware founder and CEO Yun Zhang, more than 3,800 commuters signed up for carpools after the March 1 launch, with an average of around 200 new onTime carpoolers joining per day, exceeding expectations.
“When we started developing onTime Carpool, we had two goals in mind — first, to establish a community effort to combat global warming, and second, to make it fun and appealing for people to join the carpool movement,” Zhang said. “Carpooling contributes so many environmental benefits, from reducing single occupancy vehicles on the road, carbon emissions, traffic congestion and accidents, to freeing up parking spaces.”
Zhang added, “In the past, other carpooling apps found it difficult to attract and keep users engaged, which is why we built in gamification elements from the start. Now with onTime Carpool, carpoolers can earn green points, level up achievements and win prizes while helping to lower carbon emissions seamlessly.”
“Mobileware’s onTime Carpool app enhances mobility options by putting simple transportation solutions into the hands of New Yorkers,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Doreen M. Harris. “We are proud to support this ridesharing effort and improve mobility, facilitate commuter connections, and help reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road to lower greenhouse gas emissions and advance New York State’s climate and clean energy goals.”
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LIHTI is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping new technologically innovative companies grow by providing a variety of support resources and services, including many through programs and centers reporting to the Vice President for Economic Development. Since its opening in 1992, the Incubator has been associated with more than 120 businesses, and over 60 companies have graduated successfully from the LIHTI program, contributing over $2.5 billion to the national economy, and creating jobs for more than 500 employees.