The collaborative economy and its impact on today's mobility
Collaborative transportation was created to allow individuals who need to travel to share their vehicles. Do you take the same route every day alone in your car? Why not do it with other users who make the same journey? It is exactly with this in mind that carpooling and car-sharing platforms have been developed.
We are all aware of the problems related to pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, largely created by congestion on car journeys. Carpooling has an ecological advantage but also an economic one. It is also more user-friendly and makes it possible to exchange the time of a journey as well as having less traffic jams.
Shared mobility has a great impact on travel today and is likely to continue to evolve.
- Carpooling and car-sharing
- Collaborative taxis
- Shared parking
Carpooling and car-sharing
Carpooling is a mobility practice that increasingly satisfies travellers. It allows several people who want to go to the same place to make the trip together rather than doing it alone. There are carsharing platforms for "long-distance" trips that are not regular like BlaBlaCar. But there is also carpooling on a daily basis, the ComOn application allows workers to make their journeys together and thus make carpooling a real mobility habit.
Car-sharing is somewhat similar but concerns more self-service cars or individuals renting their cars on platforms such as Poppy or Drivy. Someone who uses his car very little can very well rent it and allow users who do not have one to use it in exchange for a financial compensation.
Sharing a vehicle rather than buying it can be more cost-effective and convenient. Over the years, this practice will become more and more popular and society will become accustomed to it and adopt this new custom on a daily basis.
Unlike conventional taxis and Chauffeur-driven Tourist Vehicles (VTC), the driver of a shared taxi is not a professional.
The emergence of collaborative taxis, such as Uber for example, allows many individuals to take a taxi without having to pay a large amount of money to make a trip. The principle is simple: an individual can earn extra income and make his or her car profitable by running errands in his or her free time. This practice makes it possible to travel simply without the need to have one's own car.
You own a car park but some of your parking spaces are underused? Share it!
There are companies allowing you to rent out your underused parking spaces in order to earn additional income and optimise your resources.
Shared parking is beneficial for the owner of the car park, but also for the user who will no longer have to look for a parking space near his home or place of work.
Today, we are starting to get used to the collaborative economy mainly for transportation. Shared mobility allows us to save more and pollute less, which in the current context is not negligible. In a few years, these practices will evolve a lot and become even more attractive.