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Heyride app revolutionizes transportation in Austin

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A new iPhone app is changing the way Austinites get around town.

Josh Huck started "Heyride" to keep his loved ones safe.

"I looked across the street and there was this really reasonable looking guy sitting in a Volvo and I remember thinking, I wish I could just walk up to that window and tap on it and offer this guy ten bucks," Huck said.

Now people needing rides can download the app and see what drivers are available. Then, you decide how much to pay for a ride.

"We do background checks on drivers," Huck said.

Brian Defrees is a driver. He has a regular job, but this is an easy way to make extra money on the side.

"I've given three or four rides this week," Defrees said. "One of them was like five miles and then the other one I did was like 18 miles."

With Fun, Fun, Fun Fest in town, chances are his wheels are going to keep spinning.

"We cab everywhere we go. I just paid $18 to come about four miles, so a bidding process that would help me get a better deal. I'd be very interested," said Greg Walter, a tourist from California.

"Absolutely," added another Fun, Fun, Fun Fest attendee, Jamie Smith. "It's about time and for Austin being such a centralized place where music is the hub of any kind of industry, it's about time because there are so many festivals that come here."

It's basically on-demand carpooling.

If you have an android phone, the Heyride app should be available in about two months.

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