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Carpooling.com Grows Up, Celebrating 5 Million Users

MUNICH, September 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Carpooling.com, the pioneer and market leader of ridesharing in Europe, today announces that it has reached 5 million registered users, thus becoming one of the world's largest collaborative consumption communities alongside companies such as AirBnB and Couchsurfing.

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" We thank our vibrant community of ridesharing pioneers, who inspire us as we develop our service. We have seen a 30% growth of our user base in the last 12 months, and people from around the world keep asking for our apps in their country." says Markus Barnikel, CEO of carpooling.com. " Today, people from all backgrounds share rides on carpooling.com: students, middle-age professionals, grandparents, artists, business men, urban hipsters and country lovers. We are proud to have broken down any previous apprehensions and gained users '  trust with our user profile and rating system . With carpooling.com, you are not riding with a stranger anymore. It ' s become a safe, reliable and convenient mode of transport."

Gone is the hippies' ridesharing student site of the early 21 st century. > 23% of our users are now 40 years or older (up 7 points since 2011). More women than men use carpooling.com (53% women versus 47% men) and 90% are non-smokers

Gone is the German-only ridesharing phenomenon. > 2 years ago, mitfahrgelegenheit.de rebranded itself as carpooling.com, and is now connecting drivers and passengers in 7 languages across 40 countries. Most active users after Germany come from France, Poland, the UK, Austria, Spain and Italy.

Gone is the old-fashioned, computer-based rideshare service. > 30% of carpooling.com traffic is on mobile, with more than 1 million downloads of iPhone/Android mobile apps.

Gone is the marginal impact of ridesharing in travel and transportation. > Each month, 1.3 million people use carpooling.com for long distance travel; the equivalent of 3,000 full high speed trains

Gone are the startup days of the company. > The team is now comprised of 70 professionals from 14 countries, including product leaders from the Silicon Valley, to bring carpooling.com to even more people. Long distance bus and train carriers (i.e. Eurolines, Deutsche Bahn) are teaming up with the site to provide a unique offering of side by side comparison of ridesharing, trains and buses.

With 1 billion cars on our planet, the potential for ridesharing is enormous. But today, carpooling.com wants to extend a special THANK YOU to its 5 million pioneers. May the carpooling spirit of practicality, friendship and social responsibility spread to the entire world so that everyone gets to share the ride.

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