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Car Sharing is Caring

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Stroll into any old car rental business and you'll wait in line, talk to an employee, fill out paperwork, and wait for the staff to pull the car around before you get the keys. Though this model persisted for decades, an increasing demand for alternatives to car ownership has inspired a proliferation of models for car sharing that are much more flexible and convenient.

People turn away from traditional car ownership for various reasons, citing concerns about cost, environment, availability of parking, and more. BTR spoke to Susan Shaheen, Co-Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), about the growth of car sharing options.

"By not having fixed costs associated with auto ownership in your transportation expenditures, [it] liberates an individual to take trips the way that fits their schedule and their choice the best," she explains.

News Date: 
Mar 10

The Safer, Faster, More Efficient Commute of the Future

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Traffic sucks. Even the Department of Transportation thinks so. Someday in the not too distant future--think somewhere between Uber picking you up when you’re drunk and the arrival of super fast self-driving cars--your commute might be very different.
Last week, IT company Cisco announced they're selling a new suite of technologies that could improve traffic and car safety. One of the major components of their technology is increased vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. "Think of it as vehicles that are talking to each other," says Susan Shaheen, a transportation engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in Cisco's project.

News Date: 
Feb 27
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Popular Science

The City’s DriveBoston Pilot Program Fails to Attract a Major Car-Share Player

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Boston’s plan to reduce car ownership by spreading the use of car-sharing programs has hit a speed bump, months before any new shared vehicles are set to roll out on city streets.

No companies with experience running a “free-floating” car-share program, which is a major part of the city’s scheme, have decided to participate.

 

News Date: 
Feb 26

 

 

 

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