RideScout Joins ATI’s Clean Tech Portfolio
It’s been a busy week for RideScout, an Austin-based transportation start-up. Last Monday, they announced a full integration with car2go. Today, they become the newest member of ATI’s Clean Tech Portfolio.
RideScout, whose slogan is “Urban Transportation Made Simple,” has developed a mobile platform that aggregates public, private and social transportation options around a user, and utilizes that information to provide “best ride” options based on cost and time. The company was founded in 2011 by Joseph Kopser, an Army veteran and professor at UT-Austin.
A week ago RideScout announced that it’s now fully integrated with carsharing service car2go. Using the RideScout app, car2go members can locate cars, make reservations, and receive trip cost-estimates (something even the car2go app doesn’t provide).
RideScout’s goal is to simplify access to public transportation so as to reduce the number of cars on the road. Fewer cars means: less traffic, less pollution, and less money wasted on fuel and parking.
“We’re very excited to have RideScout join ATI,” said Mitch Jacobson, director of ATI’s Clean Tech Portfolio. “They are helping to redefine the way people think about transportation, and they’re doing it in a way that is both economically and environmentally beneficial.”
RideScout is available for free on your iPhone, and the company will be releasing Android and web versions later this year.