Friday, January 13, 2012

Boom: Carsharing Meets Mobile

via Sustainable Cities Collective

Earlier last month we wrote about how the “Millennial” generation prefers the comfort and ease of car-sharing programs to car ownership. Today, there is further evidence to the growing culture of car sharing among 18- to 24-year-olds. According to a survey conducted by, three quarters of this age group agreed that they would rather live without their car than their smartphone. is Europe’s largest network of car sharing. Through the company’s website and mobile phone apps, users can offer available seats and passengers can book a ride. In 2011, the company helped mobilize 1 million people every month, with an average distance of 200 kilometers (124 miles) per ride. has 3.5 million registered users and the number of rides taken through the network is rising every year. Since 2010, for example, the number of rides increased by 320 percent in France and by 180 percent in Italy.

photo by tim7423

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