What NEED does this meet?
There are many different ways to get from A to B. Walking, training, flying, driving, taxi, coaching or blagging a lift with someone. Every time, I spend ages running through all the options, working out the various pros and cons.
It would be great if I could share this information with others.
For example, my current trip takes me from Edinburgh to Cardiff. KLM want £1,250 for a flight via Amsterdam. Using some not very advanced local knowledge, and a willingness to do a little driving, I can get to Bristol and hire a car for £125 all in.
Another : if there are four of you, travelling up to 100 miles can often be almost as cheap in a taxi as on the train.
Lastly, London is the classic example here. How often have you (or known someone) spend 30 mins, on three tubes to do a journey that would probably take 2 mins to walk?
What is the APPROACH?
People enter their start and end points, and their suggested routes.
They can rate them by various factors, enter approx costs.
Then, I can search the site, and find the recommended best way to travel.
It would aggregate known travel blackspots, and as it matured, the site would be a logical place to bolt on “a ride sharing dating service”.
What are the BENEFITS to people?
Transport in the UK sucks. Driving is often the easiest and cheapest, and it shouldn’t be that way. It is not only better for the environment, it is a heck of a lot more fun to travel different ways.
It would help share all that “local knowledge”, learned the hard way with other infrequent travellers, visiting tourists or people new to your area.
What is the COMPETITION?
None that work.
I should be clear – this isn’t about air-fare aggregation. People might want to enter the cost of their journey, including airfares, taxi costs (you might get a cheap flight to London – then pay twice as much to actually get from the airport to London Central). Over time, these will add up into data that might be useable somehow.
Yet another example: best way to get cheap return tickets from London to Edinburgh? ATM, buy singles. The specials are released 10 weeks prior to travel. 71 days before travel, you could pay £200 for a standard ticket. 70 days before travel, you can go first class for £60.
What BUDGETS & LOGISTICS are required?
I’m sure you guys know better than I would 😉