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 |  Sep 20 2011, 6:00 PM

It looks like mom can put her feet up and enjoy a quiet house for a couple of minutes – dads are getting more involved in kid carpooling duties, although they are more likely to drop the kids off at school in a utility vehicle rather than a minivan.

A new survey by Chevrolet shows that men are taking a much more active roll when it comes to dropping off and picking up the kids from school. The survey takes its results from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive. The results show that 80 percent of American fathers with children aged 17 or younger enjoy an active daily family life and more than 70 percent drive their kids to school, daycare or extracurricular activities.

“According to recent Census data, there are 154,000 stay-at-home dads and more than 25 million dads who have kids under 17. The trend is shifting and men are becoming more involved with family-driving duties. We’re seeing the rise of the ‘Dadmobile,’” said James Bell, head of General Motors Consumer Affairs.

But according to these fathers, they’d much rather pull dad-duty in a utility vehicle. Moms still love their minivans (58 percent really dig them, thanks to features such as sliding doors), but dads think minivans aren’t manly enough. The survey also asked dads how cool their family vehicles were, and they came up with a 6.4 rating on a 10-point scale.

The dads surveyed in the poll went with SUVs and crossovers as their preferred family vehicle, citing they could accomplish all their daily activities in them, whether it be work or personal. Dads want to do everything in their vehicles – from holiday travel (94 percent) to work commutes (63 percent) to household do-it-yourself projects (54 percent). Less than one quarter of those surveyed said they prefer a minivan for these tasks.

The study showed that on the top of fathers’ family vehicle must-have list is a safe, fuel-efficient vehicle. And since they are “kidpooling,” passenger capacity is pretty important to nearly 40 percent of fathers, along with functionality, ample cargo space and comfort. The survey also noted that two of the most stressful things dads had to deal with regarding travel are high fuel prices and traffic jams.

So who performs most of the school drop off and pick up duties in your household? Leave us your two cents in the comments section below.

 |  Sep 15 2010, 9:45 PM

What can’t social media hook its wagon onto? Now, you can hitchhike using social media, thanks to the folks at Mercedes/Smart parent company Daimler.

Ok, so it’s not hitchhiking in the literal sense – it’s carpooling (we just thought that hitchhiking sounded edgier) – and Daimler has put together a pilot carpooling project that mashes ride sharing with social media. Called Car2gether, this new service is an offshoot of Daimler’s car2go Smart-sharing program. The Car2gether service will, according to the company, show “how flexible and independent mobility can be achieved without car ownership.”

To get onboard with the program, users enter details about their upcoming journey using a smartphone or PC. Once all the info is inputted, the car2gether software makes a match. If a user wants to make a match themselves, the software automatically posts details of ride offers and requests on a microblogging site similar to Twitter.

In the start-up phase of the program, the software is free. Passengers using the service will have to pay for their ride, about 9.5 cents per minute to reimburse the driver for vehicle maintenance, gas, etc. Passengers will pay drivers in cash at first, but as the system progresses, Daimler will debut an automated, cashless payment program.

Car2gether starts on September 18 in the German city of Ulm, and if it gains popularity, it may expand to other cities.

[Source: Wired]

 |  May 03 2010, 8:28 PM
This idea treads dangerously close to our idea of a “hipster hitchhiking” app, that would combine GPS, iPhones, and gold leggings (currently in beta testing) — but using your phone to find a ride to work is a brilliant idea.
Provided there are people who are going the same way and aren’t creeps, of course. This free RideRemedy app (for the first three months) doesn’t reveal the email addresses or phone numbers of those using the program. After three months of carpooling, the program costs $4.99 per year — with ten per cent of the proceeds going to organizations intent on improving the environment.
Other features include:
• Find a ride, create a car pool, share a cab, reduce your carbon footprint and save time and money while doing so.
• Privacy: RideRemedy does not share phone numbers or email addresses with other ride sharers.
• Utilize in-app text messaging. Incur no additional costs for contacting ride sharers within the RideRemedy application.
• Obtain just-in-time matches or post your ride weeks in advance.
• Calculate dollar savings and CO2 emission reduction for each ride.
• Set variable time and distance preferences for finding matches.
• Share rides anywhere in the world that your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has data service.
If you’re so inclined, head over to the iTunes Store and try it out.

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This idea treads dangerously close to our idea of a “hipster hitchhiking” app that combines GPS, iPhones, and gold leggings — currently in beta testing — but still, using your phone to find a ride to work is a brilliant idea.

Provided there are people who are going the same way and aren’t creeps, of course. This free RideRemedy app (for the first three months) doesn’t reveal the email addresses or phone numbers of those using the program. After three months of carpooling, the program costs $4.99 per year — with ten per cent of the proceeds going to organizations intent on improving the environment.

Other features include:

  • • Find a ride, create a car pool, share a cab, reduce your carbon footprint and save time and money while doing so.
  • • Privacy: RideRemedy does not share phone numbers or email addresses with other ride sharers.
  • • Utilize in-app text messaging. Incur no additional costs for contacting ride sharers within the RideRemedy application.
  • • Obtain just-in-time matches or post your ride weeks in advance.
  • • Calculate dollar savings and CO2 emission reduction for each ride.
  • • Set variable time and distance preferences for finding matches.
  • • Share rides anywhere in the world that your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has data service.

If you’re so inclined, head over to the iTunes Store and try it out.