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Friday, April 01, 2005
[Media Source*] (Cross posted on BNN)
According to the Google Blog, Google has released a new feature called the "Google Ride Finder." Apparently this "Ride Finder" will find the nearest ride (such as a taxi, supershuttle, etc.) as well as provide the phone number for you to call them. Although this would be a "neat idea" the launching of this on April Fools day arouses my suspicions. Oh well, so much for all the talk of Gmail going public.
Update: This could also be it as well (mentioned on the Google Blog).
What the Google Blog had to say about their product:
If you're like me, you use a mix of recommendations from friends, the phone book, or standing on the corner with your hand in the air (and hoping it isn't raining) when you need to find a taxi, limousine or shuttle service. With Google Ride Finder, you can tell us where you want to find a ride and we'll show you the actual positions of participating vehicles in that area, along with a phone number you can use to contact the fleet operator (e.g., Chicago).
We're just getting started, so forgive us if we don't have your city or ride provider yet; we'll be adding more as they become available. If you're a fleet owner/operator, get in touch with us; we'd love to include your vehicle.
If this turns out to be legit (I have my doubts) then I will be taken in by one of Google's April fools jokes (ironically Gmail was an April fools joke as well when it started). Although this is more plausible than the Lunar Jobs offer, I am still not taking this seriously.
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