PickupPal – Connecting Drivers, Passengers and Packages

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Here’s an interesting website I just uncovered that might alleviate some of the $4/gallon gas pains everyone is having.

It’s called PickupPal and it connects drivers with passengers and packages. I’ve seen sites for carpooling and ride-sharing before but this is a bit of a new twist.

PickupPal’s core service is providing a venue for either passengers or packages to find or be matched to a driver—typically already travelling in a certain direction or destination—for a small commission. This intelligent matching is performed via our own proprietary set of software algorithms that dynamically and in real time compare routing, frequency, locational, and driver/passenger preferences against a pool of registered users.

This kind of service may have really come in handy for me a couple of years ago when I sold an antique silver chest on eBay and ended up driving it to Norfolk, VA myself because I didn’t quite trust any other shippers.

Would you use a service like this? What other similar services have you seen to compare it to out there?

www.pickuppal.com

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  • Madison

    I am very surprised that this pickuppal isn’t a mainstream deal. Had never heard of it and was just searching around for a more economical wayvto visit dad this summer. With gas prices soaring and owning a “gas guzzler” I had to check out possible options. Not sure if the ste is geared more to commuters or what, but my fingers are crossed.
    G’as prices have me to the point of “sticking the thumb out” on I-75 and packing some mace……that is no joke. If there are any ways to get around cheaper and having less of an impact on emissions, count me in!

  • http://blog.pickuppal.com Eric Dewhirst

    Hey Madison – we are trying to make it mainstream. We looked at what was going on in this space and saw that nobody was taking it seriously – so we stepped up to the plate. Soaring gas prices are a real and present problem and we think we can help.

    The way we look at it – if we don’t do something who will?

    Cheers – Eric
    CTO and Co-founder of PickupPal

  • http://www.uncovertheinternet.com Jason Bean

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing with our readers! Pickup Pal is a very interesting idea and I’d think it should really take off as an option as gas prices inevitably continue to rise.

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  • Madison

    It seems to be a new “summer time” theme…..longer days, higher temperatures and even higher gas prices. It is as if “they” knew we were thinking about driving around a little more or something? Sounds like the oil guys are trying to hit us when it hurts most…..rather than being able to roam this beautiful country of ours with family and friends we are resorting to popsicles and the sprinkler. What a bummer! With all the commutting going and and goods and services being shipped up and down our highways (with empty at least one seat) – why can’t a good guy stick his thumb out once in awhile? I’m just waiting to see heards of people “hitching” up and down I-75 with refrences and a gas card to persuade a traveler heading the same way in the same spot “TIRED OF PAYING $4.00 + a gallon”!!!!!!!!!!

    Madison

  • http://blog.pickuppal.com Eric Dewhirst

    I agree more people are going to start hitchhiking for sure and incentives like offsetting the gas are going to be very attractive. When I was doing some research on hitchhiking I found out that the danger of it all is not the getting picked up by a stranger but the fact you are at the side of the road and to be successful you need to get dangerously close to traffic. The whole rising gas issue scares the crap out of me because I have never lived in a time where buying gas is competing with buying food and transportation is not a luxury item – we all need to get to work to make money. I have had emails from people saying stuff like “It costs me 10 bucks in fuel a day to get to work and that is what I make in an hour – what happens if the price doubles?” 2 hours of pay just so you can work an 8 hour shift! that is pretty scary.

    Cheers – Eric
    CTO and Co-founder of PickupPal
    blog.pickuppal.com

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