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Russia: A Mobile Service to Connect Passengers & Drivers

RuNet Echo This post is part of RuNet Echo, a Global Voices project to interpret the Russian language internet. All Posts · Learn more

The project Yeehay! was created to connect passengers and drivers. With its help, it is possible to hail a car, offer one's services as a driver, or leave a review about a particular ride. This service not only cuts costs while covering another person's fuel expenses, but it also has a positive impact on any city's ecology.

Yeehay! works in two directions, and information about the service and how it works can be found on the project's website. Yeehay!'s mobile smartphone application enables the service's primary functions. The app is for both passengers and drivers, but users must select one of the two roles each time they launch the program. For now, Yeehay! is only available for iOS, but its creators are currently developing software for Android, as well.

Screenshot of Yeehay!, 25 June 2012.

Instantly after activating the app, it automatically aggregates all necessary information for drivers or passengers. Users must first download Yeehay! and complete its registration process in order to activate. Its creators recommend registering within the application, as it is quicker than doing so on Yeehay!'s website. To register, one must enter his or her mobile number. The main idea behind the application is that a passenger can directly connect with a driver to discuss the conditions of a shared trip. To do this, drivers must provide their contact information.

In turn (to avoid lost missed calls), the projects’ creators added to the application the option to “View Missed Calls” — a feature that archives passengers’ telephone numbers.

Yeehay! allows for passenger-driver, passenger-passenger, and driver-driver communication. The project's developers encourage user feedback and written reviews about the service. Passengers can leave comments about the quality of a particular driver, and drivers can communicate about traffic and road accidents.

Yeehay! also uses location-tracking. After launching the application, it automatically determines the user's precise location. Thus, one group of users receives live data about approaching vehicles, while the other receives information about passengers.

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