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Published on November 17th, 2008 | by Jerry James Stone


iPhone Rideshare App To Cut 73.6 M Tons of CO2 Annually

November 17th, 2008 by  

In an attempt to save the planet—and possibly just to piss off Canada—the company Mapflow is bringing a ridesharing app to the iPhone. The app is called Avego and Mapflow hopes it will help save the world. Hey, they had me at pissing off the Canadians.

[social_buttons]The company hopes to have a user base of 20 million by 2020. They claim one of that size could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 73.6 M tons. That is equivalent to 146 billion less miles driven a year, and nearly 42% of California’s 2020 climate protection goal they say.

Well, at least one Ontario will get some ridesharing play. Oh snap!

The app works by tracking a user’s driving habits and then matching them up with people looking for rides. It’s kinda like Match.com for potential serial killers and would be victims. Using the GPS-enabled iPhone, the app will track common routes the user takes. The app then notifies the user of potential victims..er, riders. From there the app will suggest a place they can meet. It will also show a picture of the person so you use a little hot-or-not in your decision making.

The neat part is that would be victims don’t actually have to have an iPhone. Which makes sense, since there are only going to be so many people sharing the same route to work. If you limit it to iPhone users, then you limit how many people you can hack up and go all Jeffrey Dahmer on.

If you are anxious to get the app or if you just like watching clocks count down, you can visit the Avego website for more information on its release.

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is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.

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