App for "carpooling", sharing rides to work

App for "carpooling", sharing rides to work

Liluna car-pooling mobile app
Liluna car-pooling mobile app

Many people drive to work alone every day, but a new mobile app offers to connect travel companions and help share fuel costs.

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Liluna carpools for carbon and costs

Suchit Leesa-nguansuk

Many people drive to work alone every day, but a new mobile app offers to connect travel companions and help share fuel costs.

Natthaphong Jaravijit developed the app to help travellers with transport costs.

Called Liluna, it connects drivers and passengers riding on the same routes.

The app was created to deal with traffic through carpooling, and reduce carbon footprints, said Mr Natthaphong, who was a software developer in Munich, Germany before returning to Thailand to run his own business.

Drivers can fill vacant seats with companions who help reduce travel expenses by sharing the cost of fuel.

Passengers who do not own vehicles select their desired route on the Liluna Board and ask others to join with them.

He said Liluna is actively supporting the sharing economy, with 87,000 downloads. Over 3,000 drivers having registered with the service since the app's launch in February.

Liluna users are mostly 18-25 years of age, with passengers 55% women and 45% men. Of the drivers, 95% are men.

Unlike other ride-sharing or taxi-booking apps, Liluna drivers can define the route and share the cost of travel with companions, instead of earning a supplementary income.

Passengers will have more travel alternatives that are cheaper than taxis and other ride-sharing apps.

Drivers decide the cost of travel, which is displayed on the app for passengers to choose from.

Both drivers and passengers are required to register with Liluna and will be able to check each other's profiles before pick-up.

Liluna has angel funds but is still looking for more funding to expand its user base and build its brand.

Mr Natthaphong said by the end of this year, Liluna will launch a new version with an emergency button, which is integrated with the Police i lert u app, informing police of emergencies.

Moreover, the new version will be able to designate locations along routes, which will allow passengers greater choice.

The new version will also cover routes in more provinces.

The app is not making money, but Mr Natthaphong believes that it will gain more momentum in the next several years.

"The concept of Liluna app has already been successful in France – the carpooling app BlaBlaCar is a now a unicorn," he said.

Once users register with their mobile phone numbers, the system will automatically send a one-time password to verify identity.

This method helps the app access users' ID cards.

Liluna drivers have to submit their driving licence and tax label as well as licence plate number, vehicle brand and model and compulsory insurance.

"We also have a user rating function to make the system trustworthy, " said Mr Natthaphong.

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Vocabulary

  • access: having the opportunity to have or use something - มีโอกาสในการใช้
  • alternative: something that you can choose instead of something else - ทางเลือก
  • angel fund (noun): money used to start a business which often comes from a wealthy individual or family members. Angel investors often get a share of the business. -
  • application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์
  • base (noun): a group of people on which someone's business, fame or power depends - ฐาน, พื้นฐาน
  • brand: a type of product made by a particular company - ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
  • carbon footprint (noun): the total amount of environmentally damaging greenhouse gases created by a person, company or organization in their daily activities, the goal is to make as low as possible -
  • carpool (verb): to have an arrangement where a group of people travels to work/school together and divides the cost between them - ใช้รถยนต์ที่ใช้ร่วมกันหลายคน
  • companion: a person who travels who you or spends a lot of time with you - เพื่อน, เพื่อนเดินทาง
  • compulsory: if something is compulsory, you must do it because of a rule or law - ที่จำเป็นต้องทำ
  • concept: an idea of something that exists; an idea for something new - ความคิด, กรอบความคิด
  • costs (noun): an amount of money that people need to pay for various things - ค่า
  • deal with: to take action to solve a problem - รับมือกับ, จัดการกับ
  • define: to describe clearly and exactly what something is - กำหนด, ระบุ, ทำให้ชัดเจน
  • designate (verb): to formally choose someone or something for a particular purpose - กำหนด, แต่งตั้ง, ที่ได้แต่งตั้ง
  • desired: wanted - ที่ต้องการ
  • develop: to think of or produce a new idea, product, etc. and make it successful; to build new houses, factories, etc. on an area of land, especially land that was not being used effectively before - พัฒนา
  • developer (noun): software developer, a person who writes computer programs and apps as their job -
  • display: to show information on a computer screen - โชว์, แสดงภาพบนจอของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์
  • economy: the relationship between production, trade and the supply of money in a particular country or region - เศรษฐกิจ
  • emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
  • expand: to make or become larger - ขยาย
  • expenses: money spent in doing a particular job, or for a particular purpose - ค่าใช้จ่าย
  • function: job or particular responsibility - หน้าที่, บทบาท
  • funding: money given for a particular purpose - การให้เงินสนับสนุน
  • identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
  • income: money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้
  • inform: to tell somebody about something, especially in an official way - แจ้งให้ทราบ
  • insurance: an arrangement in which you regularly pay an insurance company an amount of money so that they will give you money if something you own is damaged, lost, or stolen, or if you die or are ill or injured - การประกัน
  • integrated: combining things of different types in one effective system - ที่รวมเข้าด้วยกัน
  • label (noun): a piece of paper, etc. that is attached to something and that gives information about it - ฉลาก, แถบ
  • launch: an event held to announce or start selling a new product or service to the public - การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า, การเริ่มวางขาย
  • licence: an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต
  • licence plate: a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number - แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์
  • location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
  • method: a particular way of doing something - วิธีการ,วิธีดำเนินการ
  • model (noun): a version of a product sold during a certain period of time, a generation of technology or the product - รุ่น
  • momentum: progress or development that is becoming faster or stronger - แรงผลักดัน
  • moreover (adv): in addition; furthermore - ยิ่งกว่านั้น, จากนั้น
  • passengers (noun): people who travel in a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or ship but is not the driver or one of the people who works on it - ผู้โดยสาร
  • profile: a description of somebody/something that gives useful information - ประวัติโดยย่อ
  • rating: a measurement of how good or popular someone or something is - การประเมิน
  • reduce: to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง
  • register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน
  • route: the roads used to go from one place to another - เส้นทาง
  • select: to choose - คัดเลือก
  • submit: to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it - ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
  • supplementary: additional - ซึ่งช่วยเสริม
  • transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
  • trustworthy (adj): when people believe someone/something can be trusted; to believe someone is honest, fair, and reliable - เชื่อใจ, ไว้วางใจ
  • unicorn (noun): a startup company valued at over $1 billion -
  • vacant: empty - ว่าง
  • verify: to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct - พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
  • version: a particular form of something which varies slightly from other forms of the same thing - ชุด, เวอร์ชั่น
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