Austin’s RideScout Bought by Daimler Car-Rental Service Car2Go

9/3/14Follow @angelashah

RideScout, an Austin, TX-based transportation aggregator app, announced Wednesday the startup has been acquired by Car2Go North America.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. RideScout, which founder Joseph Kopser describes as “Kayak for ground transportation,” developed an app that offered users real-time information on transportation options, including bus and rail service, taxis, and car-sharing services such as Car2Go.

“Our partnership enables us to build a better product for our users and our customers, helping people make better transportation decisions in an emerging transportation marketplace and improving quality of life for all,” Kopser said in a press release.

Car2Go is also based in Austin and is a subsidiary of Germany-based Daimler AG, maker of Mercedes-Benz. It operates a fleet of small cars that are rentable for short periods—similar to Zipcar, but with a crucial difference that they can be rented for one-way trips only.

When I spoke to Kopser in May, he said the company was preparing to roll out the app to 40 cities by the end of this summer, expanding from Austin, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

RideScout will continue to be headquartered in Austin and will operate as a subsidiary of Car2Go. The startup has 12 employees and raised $2.5 million in funding.

Angela Shah is the editor of Xconomy Texas. She can be reached at ashah@xconomy.com or (214) 793-5763. Follow @angelashah

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