Skip to main content

The Scoop app offers all the benefits of carpooling without sacrificing control

With major cities continuing to get congested with increased traffic, carpooling is becoming a necessity. Carpooling not only saves you money and time, it helps the environment as well. However, the biggest problem with carpooling has always been control and convenience. A new app called Scoop aims to change this by offering all the benefits of carpooling without the need to sacrifice control.

Other companies have tried similar things, but Scoop is going about this in a more strategic manner. By partnering with employers to offer Scoop to their employees, it can easily match up carpoolers in a more effective manner.

Using the app on iOS or Android, users can request a carpool each commute trip one way at a time, without any commitments. Scoop’s algorithm then matches commuters based on attributes such as home and work locations, employer, traffic, conditions, pick-up time, and more.

All Scoop users split the cost of the commute, and the riders reimburse the driver for gas and the cost of wear and tear to the car. Depending on how many passengers are in the car, drivers end up receiving 50 to 100 percent of their commute cost.

The costs are fixed and based on distance traveled, which means there’s no extra cost during high traffic periods. Scoop claims it’s 25 percent cheaper than driving alone.

Cash is never transferred, so Scoop users never need to worry about collecting money. All payments are made through the app.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Scoop is concentrating with partnerships in the Bay Area. Active trips began in August 2015 along routes to Pleasanton with employers such as Workday, Kaiser, Permanente, Clorox, and Gap. The service is also available in North San Jose with employers like Cisco, Samsung, Brocade, BD Technologies, and more. There are over 30,000 employees covered between Pleasanton and San Jose. The company plans to add more Bay Area destinations later this year.

You can download the iOS app here and the Android app here.

Editors' Recommendations

Robert Nazarian
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Robert Nazarian became a technology enthusiast when his parents bought him a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color. Now his biggest…
Microsoft launches Family Safety, a parental control and location-tracking app
microsoft launches family safety app ios

Microsoft 365: A subscription to make the most of your time

As more of the world heads online for work and school and play, online safety has become a priority. Children, teens, and young adults are spending more time on their devices, which can be worrisome for parents for many reasons.

Read more
Huawei will release the Mate 30 Pro in the U.K. … without Google apps

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will be yours to own in the United Kingdom beginning February 20, with preregistration opening on February 11. The phone will be sold exclusively through retailer Carphone Warehouse, and comes with an exceptionally generous bonus package containing a black Huawei Watch GT2 and a pair of Huawei Freebuds 3 true wireless headphones. The price has been set at 900 British pounds, or about $1,160, which is competitive given the device’s specification.

All sounds normal, right? Well, not exactly, because the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is not a completely “normal” phone. Due to the continued battle with the U.S., Huawei does not have access to Google’s mobile services which includes the Google Play Store. Therefore, although the phone runs Android 10, it does not have the Play Store or the preinstalled suite of Google apps. While anyone who follows mobile news will probably know this, many regular people just looking for a new phone do not, and that presents a unique situation.
Registration needed for the Mate 30 Pro
Visit Carphone Warehouse’s Mate 30 Pro registration page, and a note states:

Read more
In a challenge to Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass offers ad-free games and apps
google play pass news

Introducing Google Play Pass

Tired of ads in your apps and games? Google has a solution. Its new monthly subscription service -- Google Play Pass -- allows Android device owners to subscribe and get unrestricted access to a curated collection of apps and games with a promise of zero ads, no in-app purchases, or any other payments.

Read more