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How Bandwagon.io succeeded and failed me at CES 2014

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Bandwagon, a shared cab and rideshare car service , had a decent presence at CES 2014. This service forces you to socially share your destination to their service and eventually who you share a cab with. That is the first thing to keep in mind when using the service. I had the opportunity to use the service more than once and here is where it succeeded and failed me.

Failure

I first encountered Bandwagon trying to get a cab between the convention center and ShowStoppers at CES. The cab line was very long and their staff was working the line to get you to install the application and use the service.  If you signed up and gave them your destination, you were moved to a dedicated line ahead of the crowd.

The first part of the failure was once you entered your info at their kiosk, it said to keep your place in line in case a match was not found. That was impossible since you had to leave it to use their kiosk. Looking back at the line we waited through I cringed. Adding to that was their application was 14MB in size on Android and the network there was incredible slow. That might be due to the 50,000 people milling around.