Most trips in U.S. metropolitan regions are drive-alone car trips, an expensive and inefficient means of moving people. A more efficient system would allow drivers to share cars. Such a system is often less convenient for travelers, but convenience can be enhanced by deploying “smart” technologies in concert with shared-use vehicles and transit.
Shared-use mobility includes carsharing, personal vehicle sharing (or peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing), bikesharing, scooter sharing, shuttle services, ridesharing, and on-demand ride services. It can also include commercial delivery vehicles providing flexible goods movement. Shared-use mobility has had a transformative impact on many global cities by enhancing transportation accessibility while simultaneously reducing ownership of personal automobiles.
Berkeley, August 27, 2014 – Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC), a leading provider of independent shared-use vehicle research, announced the release of their carsharing market outlook. Dr. Susan Shaheen and TSRC have been tracking carsharing developments worldwide since 1997.
Shaheen, Susan, and Adam Cohen (2014). “Innovative Mobility Carsharing Outlook: Carsharing Market Overview, Analysis, and Trends."
Katy Steinmetz (2013). “A checkered future. With car start-ups growing, taxis are having a bumpy ride."
Shaheen, Susan, and Adam Cohen (2013). “Innovative Mobility Carsharing Outlook: Carsharing Market Overview, Analysis, and Trends."
By the year 2030, the number of people over the age of 65 in the United States is expected to reach 57 million. The Baby Boomer population tends to drive more kilometers annually than previous generations, have wider interests, and will likely be active and healthy well past retirement. This paper examines an electric vehicle (EV) carsharing (short-term vehicle access) service as an alternative to private vehicle ownership for older adults living in a gated community. Research was conducted between Winter 2009 and Spring 2011.
Shaheen, Susan, Lauren Cano, and Madonna Camel (2012). “Electric Vehicle Carsharing in a Senior Adult Community in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Carsharing (or short-term auto use) provides a flexible alternative that meets diverse transportation needs across the globe, while reducing the negative impacts of private vehicle ownership. More than 65 years ago, carsharing began appearing in Europe. It has expanded to approximately 1,100 cities worldwide, in 26 nations on five continents. This article provides a global perspective of carsharing growth and future developments from 2006 through 2015, employing data from three surveys conducted in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
Shaheen, Susan and Adam Cohen, (2012). "Carsharing and Personal Vehicle Services: Worldwide Market Developments and Emerging Trends," International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, No. 7, pp. 5-34.