We're thrilled to be the first and only ridesharing site to adopt ID verifications as a safety feature for our users.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2012
Ridejoy, the social ridesharing marketplace which connects drivers and passengers on long-distance roadtrips, today introduced a groundbreaking new safety feature in partnership with Jumio, Inc. The feature, ID verifications, is designed to reinforce trust and create a safer, more vibrant community by ensuring that users are, in fact, who they say they are. Ridejoy is now the first and only ridesharing site in the world to offer this check.
"We're thrilled to be the first and only ridesharing site to adopt ID verifications as a safety feature for our users," said Kalvin Wang, co-founder of Ridejoy. "Safety is the number one obstacle we hear about from people unfamiliar with rideshare. Now both drivers and passengers can have their authenticated ID on file with Ridejoy, making it safer than ever to share rides and spread joy."
Jumio's Netverify(tm) solution enables users to verify their IDs online for free in real time using just their webcam and web browser. The sophisticated technology identifies fake documents and clears real IDs in a quick, easy and unobtrusive manner. The software supports driver's licenses for all 50 states in the US as well as passports in the US and Canada. Ridejoy connects users in both countries. The service also recognizes many European, Asian, Australian and African passports and driver's licenses, allowing overseas travelers to verify themselves on Ridejoy as well.
Ridejoy has already made safety a priority with several existing safety mechanisms, including:
- relevant work and education history, a photo, and with Facebook integration, a list of mutual friends;
- a user review system, so drivers and passengers can check community feedback from previous rides;
- a user reference system, which allows for friends to vouch for community members
- a safety checklist sent to all users before their booked rides, with guidelines such as talking with the driver/passenger over the phone and telling friends/family about the travel plans
- optional background checks
“We understand that there may be people who love the concept of rideshare, but are still on the fence due to safety concerns,” said Wang. “These new enhancements are designed to further strengthen accountability on the site, as well as reduce uncertainty for newcomers.”
Ridejoy is a social ridesharing community that gives drivers and passengers an easy, economical and eco-friendly way to safely share rides by filling extra seats on long-distance roadtrips, maximizing personal resources and lowering travel costs. The site connects like-minded people who want to save money, meet interesting people on the journey and minimize their carbon footprint.
Based in San Francisco, Ridejoy has helped thousands of people share rides all along the West Coast, ranging from Vancouver in the north to San Diego in the south. For more information, visit Ridejoy’s website at http://ridejoy.com.
Jumio is applied computer vision technology. With computer vision, devices are able to read and understand information out of an image captured by a connected camera. Jumio’s technology is designed to make everyday life easier, quicker, smoother.
Jumio Inc. is headquartered in Mountain View, California and runs offices in Austria, India and Russia. The company was founded in 2010 by Daniel Mattes and employs around 50 people. Jumio has a total funding of $32 million to date.
Jumio’s advisory board includes Zain Khan, former Google executive, Mark Britto, former Amazon executive and Bjorn Evers, former gaming industry CEO. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Scott Weiss, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, have seats on the board of directors. For more information, please visit http://www.jumio.com
Community Manager, Ridejoy