BMW Invests In Carpool Application Scoop

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BMW i Ventures, a New York-based division of the German company, has announced a partnership with a carpool app called Scoop.
BMW is the third automaker to announce an investment in ride-sharing apps this week, after Toyota partnered with Uber, and Volkswagen signed with Gett.

The Scoop application was launched in August 2015, and its users have taken over 40,000 trips with it since then. If you have not heard of Scoop yet, it might be because its team only worked with major employers in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and North San Jose.

The strategic investment done by BMW’s i Ventures arm is expected to help the app grow, while offsetting commuting costs for tens of thousands of employees.

At the same time, because the employees mentioned above will ride in cars together instead of each having a vehicle, the environment will be protected from the emission of greenhouse gasses. According to the makers of the app, getting a car off the road for an entire year of commuting is the CO2 equivalent of planting 447 trees a year.

Like other ride-sharing apps, Scoop connects co-workers and neighbors, depending on proximity and destination, to travel together. The app does these connections automatically depending on starting location, other user’s set locations, and a common work area.

Commuters can select between riding and driving, and it operates with one trip at a time. Depending on the chosen departure time, the proximity of other registered users, and destination, Scoop’s algorithm matches the user with an empty seat in their car with a passenger.

Instead of Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing apps, Scoop’s closed-loop ensures that you only drive to your destination, with minimal or no deviations from your regular route. Over 500,000 commuter miles have been offset through the use of this app. Naturally, bringing one or more passengers with you on your commute will get you some money.

Since you already have a job, as Scoop only works with employers at the moment, the idea of this app is to save money while commuting. For drivers, fuel costs can be absorbed by up to 100%, while riders will save at least 25% of their commute costs by using Scoop.
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