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GRide – The ride sharing app for techies launched., 2017):Professionals with companies in Technopark can now share their vehicles for travel to work and back – thanks to G-Ride, a real time ride sharing mobile app exclusively for those working with IT companies based out of Technopark and Infopark. The platform is deployed by Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of IT companies in Kerala.

Five thousand five hundred cars and an equal number of two-wheelers come to Technopark every day. Ninety percentage of them are single passenger vehicles. Most drive to work due to lack of viable alternatives and car / bike pooling can be effective solution, provided the platform is robust.

“The idea is to minimise the number of single passenger cars. Those traveling on the same route can travel together. G-Ride automatically matches co-workers and neighbors and help them travel together to work. “, says Vijay Kumar P, secretary of GTech.

“G-Ride was born out of our discussions with the Secretary for IT, Government of Kerala, on how we can provide effective alternatives for commute to work and tackle parking woes. We have excellent support from the community and Member companies”, he adds.

“It is a great feeling sharing rides with people from the same community. G-Ride is convenient, economical and easy to use”, says Lakshmi Nair, senior software engineer with UST Global, who has shared her car for fifty rides and thousand kilometres during testing phase.

G-Ride allows to see the profiles of co-passengers in advance. One can opt to display car-pooling options restricted to the same gender.

“The target is to bring down the use of vehicles by half in two years”, says Praseed S Dev, covenor of corporate alliances focus group of GTech, responsible for G-Ride.

Several IT companies in cities like Bengaluru, Chennai and Noida already encourage car-pooling and ride-sharing. Once fully subscribed, G-Ride will be the largest car pool in the country. The app is currently available only to the staff of GTech Member companies.

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