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Crowd-based ride sharing

Danish startup Spiri is building an on-demand carpooling service, similar to the UberPOOL offering. It’s going to use its own custom electric vehicles to do so, and is using customers as drivers, in exchange for free rides. Service is currently set to begin in 2017. The approach is a hybrid one that borrows aspects of what car sharing networks like car2go have done with an on-demand taxi-style approach. The deal for drivers is that they can use Spiri’s fleet of cars free, provided they agree to pick up some passengers along the way and drop them off en-route to their destination. Passengers foot the cost of operation, paying what Spiri says will be costs in line with “public transport prices.” Spiri working with Drivr, a dispatch and ridesharing platform provider, for the software side of the service.

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