AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin-born transportation app Ridescout was acquired Wednesday by the parent of popular Austin service Car2Go, Moovel. Under the terms of the agreement, Ridescout, which helps you determine the best mode of transportation to get to your destination, will be a subsidiary of Car2Go.
Car2Go buying Ridescout is big news in the tech business world – but also for your commute. Founder and CEO Joseph Kopser has been described as a “transportation visionary.”
KXAN First Warning Traffic Reporter Amanda Dugan spoke with Kopser earlier today about what brought us to this point – and where we go from here.
“So, the journey of Ridescout in Austin, Texas is that of most any entrepreneur. We were a couple of people with a business plan and a powerpoint. Then through work at South by Southwest, Austin Technology Council, Austin Technology Incubator, Texas Venture Labs, all of these support systems helped us bring us to the point where we created the app of today,” explained Kosper.
The app can help Austinites navigate through the city ranked No. 4 for worst traffic.
“So what it will do is show people that are more options that driving their car by themselves. They can ride in, carpool in, bus in, when they’re in downtown or in the Car2Go footprint or the Austin B-cycle foot print,” he explained. “They can see what will connect them from their work to their lunch place. If they bring less cars into downtown, then we’ll all benefit because there’s less congestion and less pollution.”
As for his role within the new company, Kosper says it won’t change.
“I’m thrilled to be apart of the fact that my role won’t change, I’ll still be the CEO of Ridescout, now we just have the resources to hire even more people. So the core team remains even more intact,” Kosper said.