Metropia implements DUO feature to incentivize and reward carpoolers
AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Metropia,
Inc., creators of the mobile app system to alleviate traffic
congestion, today announced the release of DUO (Driving Up Occupancy), a
new feature to the app that rewards both drivers and passengers across
Austin with additional points when they actively choose to cut down on
traffic and harmful CO2 emissions by sharing a ride.
“With DUO, we are incentivizing and rewarding those who participate in
casual carpooling because their actions can significantly reduce the
number of cars on the road,” said Mia Zmud, vice president of ecosystem
partnerships at Metropia. “Now friends, families, co-workers and more
can take action by carpooling and be rewarded with additional points
that can be cashed in at local businesses like Tacodeli and Luke’s
By using an analysis of GPS coordinates, DUO pinpoints passengers and
drivers traveling along an identical route at identical speeds and at
the same time. By comparing that data, Metropia can confirm
driver-passenger pairs and assign reward points—no pre-matching
required. Drivers are awarded extra points for each DUO passenger, while
passengers have the opportunity to “spin the prize wheel” and garner
additional points to use toward the Metropia merchant store.
“Metropia demonstrates the type of innovative solutions for commuters
and employers that are essential for the success of Mayor Adler’s ‘Year
of Mobility’ campaign in Austin,” said Andy Cantu, director of regional
mobility for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. “They have hit the
nail on the head—by being the only app that incentivizes drivers and
passengers, citizens will be more likely to maintain and continue to
adopt better commuting habits.”
Metropia was launched in Austin, Texas with support from the Central
Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Since 2011, Metropia users have collectively reduced C02 emissions by
430,000 lbs and planted 4,515 trees.
About Metropia, Inc.
Metropia, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, is a GovTech 100 company
whose mission is to make cities better places to live by reducing
traffic congestion. The Metropia mobile platform incentivizes commuters
to make better travel decisions independently and through casual
carpooling with the DUO feature. The Metropia app is available for free
through the Apple App Store and Google Play. To learn more, visit www.metropia.com.
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Emma Chase, 512-551-9253