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Hitchhiking for the 21st Century

What type of evil thoughts does the word hitchhiking conjure up? For many, it includes scary strangers, creepy weirdoes, and gruesome news stories.

Of course, this is the hitchhiking of a generation ago when someone would stick their thumb out and throw caution to the wind.

Today, hitchhiking is beginning to look very different. It includes smart phone apps, profiles, and feedback. No longer are the people entering into a hitchhiking agreement complete strangers. They are “trusted strangers,” says Jenny O’Brien, who has developed technology that allows people to share the ride.

On the heels of the peer-to-peer transportation success stories of Uber and Lyft, she may be on to something. Check out her video here.

Posted in Beyond Parking on Sep 08, 2014

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