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Match Rider

Match Rider
Match Rider UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Founded by Alfred Swartzbaugh, Katina Schneider and Frank Anders
Founded in 2012
Located in Heidelberg
Match Rider has been active as a speaker for the MAN 631 Course.

Easy and reliable carpooling for daily commutes or spontaneous rides

Short distance carpooling is made convenient and attractive for drivers and passengers. Match Rider’s approach to
ride sharing feels a lot like public transportation; yet the company’s offer is unique in that it:

  1. focuses on specific, high traffic commuter routes
  2. finds reliable drivers at reliable times for a reoccurring schedule
  3. pays the drivers a guaranteed rate of around 10 cents a kilometer and
  4. charges passengers approximately 15 cents per kilometer, often a rate that is significantly below the cost of public transportation.



Drivers have little incentive to share their commutes as they expect such a low return on a single trip; they often feel inconvenienced and that they can't spare the time. This lack of supply causes potential passengers to ignore ride-sharing options in favor of more reliable ones, often, private automobiles.



Match Rider fills a market need in short distance carpooling by lowering the cost/benefit ratio. This gain is reflected in a guaranteed payment the driver receives for sharing their ride, while for the passenger it is an inexpensive, reliable and convenient mode of transportation to and from work.



Fixed meeting locations along a driver’s route, called Match Points, work similar to bus stops to help drivers avoid detours. Match Rider is different in that it:

  • Focuses on specific, high traffic commuter routes
  • Finds reliable drivers at reliable times for a reoccurring schedule
  • Pays the drivers a guaranteed rate for the ride offered
  • Charges the passengers a price at or below the cost of other transportation options


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