SmartRide was initially developed based on user research performed on the SafeRIDE system at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). East Transit and Brown have committed to continuing their productive relationship in technology development. East Transit has continued to interact with the dispatchers, drivers, administrators, and passengers of SafeRIDE at Brown and RISD in order to evaluate theBr applicability of product and business development ideas. The SafeRIDE system also serves as a pilot testing site for experimental software features.
SafeRIDE at Brown and RISD operates an onCall service every night during the academic year for students, faculty, and staff wishing to travel between campus and off-campus housing. It also operates several fixed-route shuttles throughout the year. The service provides over 100,000 rides annually. For more information, visit the SafeRIDE website: