Pictured at the official launch of projectdash.ie on Waterford IT Campus last week were from left : Marie Sheedy, Richie Commins, Michael Murphy, Eric O’Brien, Jasper Byrne, Peter Delargey and Michelle Byrne
A new service, Dash (Driving All Students Home) is launching in Waterford this Monday the 13th of March and allows students to get taxis even when they have no cash, bank card or phone while ensuring the drivers get paid.
Dash was invented by NUI Galway students who tested it with taxi drivers in their city before officially launching in Galway and have already taken it to Carlow, Cork and now Waterford. The team of students will be rolling it out in Dundalk, Maynooth and all other college towns before making the platform available in Dublin.
Waterford IT Student’s Union are the latest to join the initiative along with Rapid Cabs who are also supporting the nationwide campaign by registering their drivers on the platform. Dash aims to create an invisible safety network for students all over the country regardless of the contents of their pocket.
Students can sign up for free at www.projectdash.ie , upload an ID photo of themselves, add a bank card to pay for emergency taxis, and create a four-digit pin. The students then simply tell the taxi driver their name and Dash PIN number, which allows the driver to check their account on a driver app. Once the driver has verified the fare, the app then processes the payment upon arrival at the destination.
Richie Commins, final year student head of the project said: “We had an excellent day on campus in Waterford IT. We were delighted that the students quickly grasped how easy it now is for them to get a taxi, even in the worst of situations. The Students’ Union and Rapid Cabs combined have done a fantastic job to make our platform available here and we look forward to seeing it make everyone’s lives easier and safer”
The project is now rolling out with the aim of seeing a decline in the amount of tragic incidents that may occur while students commute on foot late at night as a result of not having the means to avail of a taxi journey home. The project has gathered a lot of momentum in 2017 teaming up with many companies while thousands of students have already signed up.
Michael Murphy, Waterford IT Student’s Union Welfare Officer said: “Dash gives me comfort for our students on nights out that they will be able to get home safe and sound.”
Eric O’ Brien, Rapid Cabs said, “In our industry we see it all. Being safe when out at night comes down to making smart decisions. That is why initiatives like DASH are so important. It seems obvious not to walk home alone but when you are out and have no money, you do not think you have a choice. Now you do.”