Ride share apps have grown in popularity recently, spearheaded by industry leader Uber. Now, however, students at Huntsville, Alabama’s Oakwood University have taken the ride-share model and applied it exclusively to their college campus.
Per a report from local ABC affiliate WAAY TV, the app is called Rideversity, and is providing students in need of a lift to class with a new alternative.
The startup is not subject to city ordinances as student drivers will be paid by donations only. The passenger can suggest a donation amount for the ride, or alternatively, a driver can suggest the amount it would take to get a passenger to their desired destination.
But there are qualifications drivers have to meet before they they’re cleared to shuttle students from point A to point B.
Requirements for Rideversity drivers includes proof of both a valid student ID and valid driver license. Drivers must also have insurance on their vehicle, and must provide pictures of their vehicle including the tag number.
Rideversity also plans to conduct license checks in an effort to identify any red flags associated with prospective drivers. The app itself includes safety features of its own including a panic button within the app that can be configured for up to three emergency contacts. When a Rideversity passenger activates the panic button, it sends their GPS location to each of their designated emergency contacts.
The Rideversity app is expected to be available in the coming weeks for both iOS and Android operating systems.