Austin-based RideScout announced yesterday they have acquired GlobeSherpa, a leader in mobile solutions for public transportation with mobile book-and-pay ticketing. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“As the transportation landscape becomes more crowded, both the user and mobility service providers are looking for a more seamless experience,” said RideScout Co-Founder and CEO Joseph Kopser in a statement. “Integrating mobile ticketing for public and private transportation is critical as we continue to innovate on a central platform for booking, payment, and access to all services. We are thrilled to welcome GlobeSherpa into the RideScout family and, together, shape transportation for the 21st Century.”
RideScout calls itself “Kayak.com for ground transportation” and aggregates ground transportation options in real time.
RideScout will integrate GlobeSherpa's transit mobile ticketing technology to enhance their integrated mobility ecosystem. Users will be able to see all transportation options on their mobile device, select the one they want, and pay for the ride, or access it, with just a few taps. GlobeSherpa will also continue to bring mobile ticketing to transit agencies.
“RideScout has established a brand and technology that embodies the future of transportation,” said GlobeSherpa CEO and Co-Founder Nat Parker in a statement. “By bringing our teams together, GlobeSherpa is positioned to have the resources and scale to deliver comprehensive solutions that advance our vision for an integrated commute - where access to information, payment, and mobility services are organized intelligently on your mobile device.”
Parker will continue to lead the company with current staff out of Portland, Oregon.
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