Carpool features

Carpooling is when two or more people make arrangements to travel together in a single car and is a practical way to share transport costs and reduce road congestion and vehicle pollution. Members of a community are invited to consider joining a car pool by visiting a website to find out details and “take a test drive”. If they like the idea they can register their contact details and journey requirements on the site. The software automatically puts passengers and drivers with matching requirements in touch with each other to discuss a possible journey sharing arrangement. If agreement is reached they meet up en route and complete one or more journeys together. To facilitate these arrangements the Car Pool application provides the following features:

For the car pool member

  • access from their desktop, tablet or smartphone
  • reasons why they should consider joining a carpool
  • answers to most, if not all, the questions or concerns they are likely to have
  • an explanation of how the car pool works
  • an opportunity to “try before buy” by taking a simulated “test drive”
  • easy registration as an individual or member of an organisation
  • choose to be contacted by email, sms or phone
  • register preferences (driver/passenger/don't care, male/female/don't care)
  • register travel plan (from/to, arrive/leave time by days of the week)
  • receive alert when a new match is found
  • maintain a list of existing trips and see the savings made in fuel and CO2
  • a moderated forum for clients to provide feedback and “have their say”

For the car pool owner & manager

  • a fun and informative website inviting commuters to consider the value of membership
  • your own distinctive graphical branding and layout (constrained only by the functionality of the application)
  • staff can easily modify the written content on information pages in the site and load files and images
  • agreement to your terms and conditions is enforced in the registration process
  • site can be extended with a page of links to other associated material, eg. maps, health tips and carbon calculators on your extranet
  • car pool summary statistics (membership breakdown, match-making activity) are available
  • a full range of reports from the system are provided:
    • clients
    • travel plans
    • link ups by suburb/organisation
    • these also available for download to spreadsheet
    • ability to organise car pools for one-off events
  • manage clients (add/maintain/delete)
  • manage car pool sticker allocation
  • messages sent to clients by the application are logged for audit purposes
  • client feedback forum can be managed/moderated
  • the content of inter-client communications is regulated using standard messages or stock phrases
  • manage up to 32 configuration parameters that control the workflow of the application
  • add, maintain and delete the details of organisation clients in the car pool
  • create and manage car-type details
  • create and manage standard journey destinations in your carpool region
  • manage the list of (preloaded) suburbs in your carpool region
  • automatically update the geocodes for all suburbs
  • manage the list of accounts with Administrator privileges