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IHitch: A new concept for hitchhiking

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More than once I have hitchhiked; sometimes I got lucky and they got me on the first one, sometimes I got tired of waiting and I had to look for other ways to get around.

Apparently, a new concept of hitchhiking among Australian users is being germinated through a discussion forum called The Oil Drum.

The idea would be to create a new device for those situations in which we find ourselves halfway or simply want someone to take us somewhere in our city. They call it iHitch and it would combine the new technologies with the peculiarities of a mobile, a GPS and a PayPal-style payment method.

In emergency situations or simply when we are halfway on our trip, we activate the device and give it the coordinates of where we are. The drivers who would be registered in the network would receive the signal and if their journey approaches or takes us to our chosen destination we would receive a signal in the iHitch to confirm our approval.

The system would work eBay style with scores between users (both drivers and hitchhikers) according to their behavior.

If I had a great acceptance among drivers, it really seems like a great idea to ride long kilometers of road with the minimum budget adding new experiences to the trip. Anyway, something tells me that the demand for cars would be greater than the supply of seats. What do you think?

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