Who is Otto?

Otto is a friendly carpooling robot from the future. He comes from a civilization where bad internet and income tax returns are obsolete, shoes have gyroscopic navigation systems to make walking less dangerous, and everybody carpools. Otto appreciates a kind word now and then, but his real satisfaction comes from seeing happy carpoolers.


Let Otto know when and where you're going, and he'll help you find a passenger or a driver for your trip. Negotiate the trip details with your partner, including payment, by text message through the app. He suggests a payment of $2 to start, plus a maximum $0.50 per mile -- less for long distances.

Remember the ground rules: if the driver initiates a conversation it's all good, but otherwise just enjoy a quiet ride. Driver gets to choose the radio station too.


Otto will get you to work or school for half the cost. Think how fast that money can add up. Plus you'll make a new friend. Well done!


Travel for less. Take a passenger along, or ride with an Otto driver. Save on gas, tolls, and parking. You'll have a travel companion, and you can share the driving if you wish.

On Demand

Leaving now? On Demand listings expire after 15 minutes.


All Otto members have verified .edu email addresses, so they're solidly identified. You can also view feedback and optional Facebook profiles. When you check in for a carpool, you'll verify the photo we require on file. You can also match with eRideShare members, but they don't have these verifications, so be extra cautious.


Enter your phone number, and I will send your phone a link to the app.

Social Carpooling

Otto makes it easy! Carpool to the store, back home, or cross-country with a member of the Otto community. Members are positively identified with verified .edu email addresses, and photos and feedback are required. Save money, make a new friend, and help the environment, by giving or getting a ride.



Post your requirement, or contact someone near you. There's bound to be someone going your way!


Get around town or out of town for less. Expenses are shared by rider and driver. Everyone saves.


Your driver always greets you with a smile, and sometimes with a cookie.

Now, Later, or Every Day

On Demand

Someone is going your way. Share the ride and leave now!


Connect with someone going home for the holidays, for a night out, or for a trip to a music festival. Connect in advance, and work out the details.


For everyday travel to campus or to a job, why not find a regular carpool partner? The savings really add up when you share the ride every day.

Testimonial for eRideShare.com
(Otto's parent website)

"Just want to let you know how much I value and appreciate this site. I live in Southern Calif taking the 405 Frwy from Orange Co to LA Co everyday. I have been using this site for 3 years and find it very helpful. I have met wonderful carpool partners here." -- Anna Nguyen