February 24, 2016

Mhelpdesk & RideScout: Killin' it in DC

At Urgent.ly we’re obsessed with helping stranded drivers in minutes.

At Urgent.ly we’re obsessed with helping stranded drivers in minutes. But we don’t have a one-track mind either: Anyone doing inventive things with on-demand services, or executing cool products in our back yard of DC, gets our attention.

So when it was announced this week that @FishbowlLabs alum Mhelpdesk and our friends at RideScout were partly and wholly acquired respectively by HomeAdvisor and Daimler’s Car2go we had to shout about it. Whoot!

We actually watched Mhelpdesk hustle from day one, building a killer field  software package and banging their gong for every new customer win (yep, an actual gong). Awesome to watch - and hear. And RideScout – what a, uh, ride they’ve had! In just a year they landed an app giving point-to-point trip planning with an aggregate of travel options in one view. Very cool. 

So if you need to streamline your operations or find the best way to get from point A to point B, please check these guys out. And, as always, if want to reduce the time it takes to get help with a tow, jump, lockout etc. you know where to go. It’s our one-track obsession.

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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