BIRMINGHAM ENTREPRENEURS: Students at Birmingham Medical School launch car sharing app to save 27 million miles in unnecessary student car journeys
Birmingham entrepreneurs launch car sharing app to save 27 million miles in unnecessary student car journeys.
A pair of entrepreneurial medical students at Birmingham Medical School have launched an innovative ride
sharing app, Commute: Fuel Splitter, which could save medical students more than 27 million miles per year on
unnecessary car journeys and raise money to fund renewable energy schemes.
The app works by promoting ride sharing as a cost effective and environmentally friendly way for medical
students to travel to and from GP and hospital placements as part of their medical training.
It allows users to calculate the fuel cost, split costs between car occupants, and keep track of travel expenses all
in one app. It also provides users with information about their carbon footprint, allowing them to offset their
emissions through the app for just £1 per 70 miles. Money raised funds renewable energy projects and tree-
planting schemes around the world.
Daniel Chivers and Michael Trueman developed the app, whilst volunteering in Birmingham hospitals during the
first wave of the COVID pandemic. They calculated that the average medical student is required to travel around
3,168 miles per year for clinical placements, most of which is travelled by car.
Daniel said: “Ride-sharing is already the norm amongst medical students but splitting the fuel cost becomes so
complicated that drivers are disincentivised to have many passengers. By making splitting fuel costs a seamless
process, we hope to reduce the number of cars travelling to and from clinical placements by 50%, reducing costs
and our carbon footprints.
“Whilst medical students will be our priority over the next 12-months, we realise that Commute will be valuable to
people from other walks of life including other students, sports teams, those planning road trips and eco-
conscious young professionals.”
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