SAP Releases Cloud and Mobile Carpooling App

According to an ABC News/Time magazine/Washington Post poll, in very large US urban and metro areas, the average commuter spends US$16 and 52 minutes going 32 miles round trip to work each day. Long solo commutes can cost employees and their organizations in lost productivity, wasted resources, and additional expenses. In addition, many of these miserable commuters spend the rest of their workday without much interaction with their coworkers.

To that end, SAP recently introduced TwoGo by SAP, a mobile and cloud carpooling annual subscription solution that allows companies to engage their employees in ride-sharing to work. By carpooling, employees may recoup some of this lost productivity by encouraging networking and brainstorming on the road. In addition, TwoGo may create a more connected culture, helping employees to feel better informed and involved with their peers (after all, that person who lives close to you and whom you hardly know, might turn out to be not only a nice person, but also knowledgeable about and relevant to your work).

Similarly, companies can reduce costs for corporate fleets, parking infrastructure, and travel expenses. For example, the solution helps to minimize maintenance costs and preserve vehicle resale value. It also supports companies looking for a way to make vanpooling more affordable and effective by seeking riders to find and regularly fill the van. Delivered over the cloud, TwoGo can be rolled out across organizations relatively quickly. Employees can be matched into carpools automatically and according to their individual preferences.

To encourage widespread employee adoption, TwoGo can be accessed on various mobile devices, through the Web, or via calendar applications. TwoGo works with any iCal-compatible corporate calendar application, such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, or Google, which enables users to create and change rides within the context of their daily work schedule. People can decide to use TwoGo on the Web in English, German, Spanish, or French. It accommodates international time zones, maps, and measurement units.

How TwoGo Works

Once a company licenses the solution, employees can sign up online and enter ride-sharing preferences such as proximity, timing to and from work, and willingness to leave the highway to pick up passengers. With some solutions, would-be carpoolers must go through lists to find the right partner. In contrast, with TwoGo, after preferences are entered, rides are instantly matched and communication is handled automatically via e-mail or SMS.

Moreover, TwoGo employs algorithms designed to ensure that employees do not get stranded at work. To help locate desirable matches in an easy and clear way, TwoGo leverages HERE, Nokia's location cloud. The mobile app can also provide administrators with reports on employees' commuting habits and usage trends. To learn more about the solution, watch this YouTube video.

SAP has reportedly deployed TwoGo internally since July 2011. SAP estimates the solution has generated more than US$5 million in value for the company, specifically by helping to do the following:

  • Save costs related to commuting to work, and increase the resale value of company cars

  • Avoid expenses related to employee travel such as reimbursements for fuel, limo services, or parking

  • Increase networking among employees

  • Eliminate 400,000 miles of driving and avoid 88 tons of greenhouse gases

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