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Austin Community Raises the Bar

Every day, Austin gives us a new reason to be thankful we are a part of the community, and last Thursday was no different.  Austin City Council announced a goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions community-wide by the year 2050. While a few other cities like Seattle and Melbourne have announced similar plans, Austin’s goal is one of the most aggressive in the world….

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How many cars do you own?

America has long been known for its love affair with the car, but when it comes to car ownership rates, the U.S. sits in 3rd place. The average American owns 0.797 of a car, or 797 cars per 1000 people. Any guesses as to which nations’ love of the motor vehicle outstrips even that of the home of Motor City? Maybe Germany? Mercedes, BMW, Audi,…

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Ladies & Gentlemen, Take a Seat

We are all guilty, at one stage or another, of putting things on the long finger that we really should do today. It could be anything from mowing the lawn to writing an email to a friend. Organising a carpool can sometimes be the type of activity that might fall into this non-commital category of “I should do that, I’ll start tomorrow”. This idea made the…

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The People That You Meet

10 years ago this month I was sitting in the back of a Syrian truck driver’s cab eating Felafel cruising through the Syrian desert. 5 years ago I was on the back of a moped, holding on for dear life to a member of the Black Hmong mountain tribe as we weaved through the mountain passes of Northern Vietnam. Today I’m sat typing away in…

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Austin: Stop Driving, Start Riding!
Austin: Stop Driving, Start Riding!

Austin and its contemporary inhabitants have long been known for their active participation in shaping the ever-changing culture and dynamic of the city. From our slogans of “Keep Austin Weird” to “The Live Capital Music of the World”, every Austinite prides itself on being part of this empowering trend; not only actively contributing but also passively embracing the outcomes. Of the most prominent 21st century…

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Carma Carpooling Launches in Austin
Carma Carpooling Launches in Austin

City’s transportation future placed in the hands of residents AUSTIN, TX – February 25th, 2014 – Austinites now have a new way to get around town thanks to Carma Carpooling, the breakthrough real-time smartphone app that launched in Austin as part of a pilot project with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Carma matches drivers and riders as they travel, enabling them to set up carpools and share…

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Carma Kayaking
Carma Kayaking

One of the great things the Carma carpooling app allows is for a driver to recover some of their motoring costs. This may sound a little vague, so what does this actually mean for the driver? In my case, I usually earn about $3.30 from each rider each way on my 16.5 mile commute. So sometimes this can mean nearly $20 a day if I…

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Going Native: The Implications of Mobile Technology Choices
Going Native: The Implications of Mobile Technology Choices

Choosing a technology platform is a critical, and often difficult, choice for many startups. It’s something that we’ve been faced with at Carma recently, and we’re in the midst of a complete overhaul of our apps as a result. The good news is that you won’t need to wait too long to see our new lightning fast version of Carma on your iOS or Android…

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What Makes People Carpool?
What Makes People Carpool?

I recently thought it would be cool to see a Venn Diagram which visualizes the various benefits of carpooling. As you can see above, I went for ‘affordability’, ‘speed’ and ‘flexibility’ as the three main motivators. I then sent it to everyone here at Team Carma asking for their feedback. I got a lot more than I bargained for! “What about the environmental benefits?!” answered one fellow…

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Our New Year’s Resolutions
Our New Year's Resolutions

To ring in the New Year, we thought we’d start as we mean to go on and share our suggested resolutions! 1. Read more books – why not set up a book exchange with your fellow Carmapoolers? You could save money on buying new books and discover new reading suggestions. 2. Learn something new – how about listening to an audiobook or podcast while Carmapooling?…

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Bergen Christmas Challenge Smashed
Bergen Christmas Challenge Smashed

For our December campaign in Bergen, we set the local Carmapooling community a challenge: complete 500 trips within 5 weeks and we would give a €500 gift to the Children’s section of Haukeland Hosptial. The good news is, they didn’t need five weeks to reach the goal – they smashed it in style after just four weeks! Here’s what they achieved: We were delighted to be…

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A New Year, A New Website
A New Year, A New Website

2014 brings in a swarm of joggers on pavements, a tsunami of healthy eating plans and a resolve to start the year off right. Here in Carma, we’re beginning again ourselves with the resolution to launch a revised website. Having watched our visitors over the past year, we’ve noticed a trend in the people visiting the site. So, over a number of cups of tea…

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“We’re neighbors? Let’s share!”
“We’re neighbors? Let’s share!”

Team Carma has been interested in the casual carpooling idea for a while now. Casual carpooling is the white-collar worker’s version of hitchhiking. Commuters access cars like buses, reduce commute costs and speed past traffic in carpool lanes. While promoting carpooling throughout the US, we have seen for ourselves how convenient and efficient this transit mode is. In fact, during the summer of 2013, Team…

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Make A Change – Move To The Left
Make A Change - Move To The Left

How many additional hours per month would you have to work to make an extra $588? What would you give to get back 20 hours a month of your life to spend with those you love the most? An extra hour or two a day with your children playing catch, helping out with homework, or reading a bedtime story? Priceless. Well that’s exactly what I’m…

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Photo via Flickr / Scissorina
What’s On The Horizon For Austin Traffic?

There’s no question about it – Austin traffic can be the pits. For a city so cool and innovative, why are we so far behind in transportation improvements? It’s true that our urban development is in catch-up mode for the fast-growing population. But, this winter there are quite a few transportation projects breaking ground that you can look forward to.  Say ‘AMEN!’ to our 5…

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