And what, instead, if you share your own car?
The concept of "organized carsharing", in which people join groups which put cars at their members' disposal for short-term rental, is one that has been around for decades and which has really taken off over the last dozen years. But of late we are seeing a new kind of carsharing paradigm emerge: in which people rent out their own vehicles on a flexible basis to anyone belonging to a member group, with the whole thing orchestrated by a package of software services and set of operational and legal obligations, with the end result of that your car goes to work for you (finally!). This is peer-to-peer carsharing and after years of being an item of occasional discussion among cognoscenti is now starting to hit the streets in earnest.
The other next big thing: Peer to Peer Carsharing
- Dave Brook, Carsharing.US
About the author:
Founder of Carsharing Portland, the first commercial carsharing company in the US in 1998, Dave Brook is a consultant in carsharing and new mobility services to start up companies and government agencies. He occasionally posts articles on carsharing in North America and the world to his website www.Carsharing.us, in which this article was posted on 9 May 2010.