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Paid commuter drivers needed to transport corporate co-workers. Faxi launches pilot.

Paid commuter drivers needed to transport corporate co-workers. Faxi launches pilot.

According to Forbes, "Commuting remains the unattainable white whale of the ridesharing industry, a tempting goal that represents a much larger share of driving than taxi use".

Why does this market prove so elusive to the ride sharing platform revolution?

The largest 3,300 companies in the UK employ almost 9 million commuters. Faxi has analysed over 100,000 of their journeys. The data shows that a staggering 50% to 80% of commuters could share their drive to work with multiple co-workers who live less than a 5 minute walk from their home and that, despite flexible working, most people still travel at similar times.

Driving to work is hard work. Research from the AA reveals that 1 in 3 commuters are stressed about workplace parking with 1 in 7 getting to work more than an hour early just to park. 

A recent survey with the staff at the Milton Keynes head office identified that 60% of 1500 respondents would ride share for a guaranteed parking space.

When you dig deeper into the data, the waste is amazing. A company with 1,000 daily commuters, accumulates on a monthly basis: 

  • 21,000 cars on the road
  • 730 days spent driving
  • 415,800 miles driven
  • £40,282 spent on fuel
  • 80.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide

If the journeys were optimised for sharing, say when driverless cars developed for ride sharing become the norm (five years according to Ford), this would drop to.

  • 3,507 cars
  • 0 days spent driving
  • 277,200 miles 
  • £7,276 spent on energy
  • 33.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide

 

Commuting is ride sharing’s white whale not because of the will of the commuters but because corporate policy does not actively connect commuters who share the same journey. 

Faxi is at the forefront of changing this. Large organisations like Thomas Cook and Vodafone are working with Faxi to connect commuter drivers and passengers who share a similar route via monthly one to one communication. Commuter drivers are then recruited and receive a guaranteed contribution to cost to be available to transport co-workers in advance and on-demand. Resulting in a network of drivers with published routes, timings and costs.

Companies can now harness the massive capacity of their commuting community, slashing road congestion, running costs and environmental damage for the benefit of all and ready to reap giant benefit from a driverless future. 

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