Tripmatch​.com was the result of a group study devel­oped for a Principles of Usability class at the Computer Arts and New Media grad­u­ate pro­gram at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Carpooling, also known as ride-​​sharing or lift-​​sharing, can save money on gas, wear and tear on your vehi­cle, oil resources and reduce all the asso­ci­ated nasty envi­ron­men­tal impact asso­ci­ated with driving.

There are mil­lions of us who engage in soli­tary travel to and from work; dri­ving bil­lions of miles each year, spend­ing a stack of cash on gas and pump­ing tons of emis­sions into the atmosphere.

Tripmatch is a web appli­ca­tion for an online car­pool­ing ser­vice focused on inte­grat­ing the ser­vice with pop­u­lar social net­work­ing appli­ca­tions like Facebook and MySpace. Users can invite their con­tacts to join the ser­vice and once they input their data into the sys­tem their com­mute routes are ana­lyzed and poten­tial car­pool part­ners are indicated.