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A nonprofit Uber? Ride Austin promises better driver pay, charity donations

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Digital Trends sat down with Joe Deshotel, the director of communications for Ride Austin, to get insight on how exactly this new venture plans to shake up ride-sharing.

It s a unique way to both fill the ride-sharing void in Austin and help charities.

And Ride Austin has an extensive plan to help the local community while building public interest.

We already know that the University of Texas is interested in our transit data said Deshotel in terms of pickups, drop-off location, peak time, pricing fluctuation―all these things will be open to the public so that the public can engage and inform us as to how we can improve our service.

After interviewing hundreds of drivers, the reaction has been very positive said Deshotel.

Features like giving drivers someone to call if an issue arises have polled tremendously well, he said.

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