And what if, instead, you share your car? Next generation carsharing hits the street

The concept of “organized carsharing”, in which people join groups which allow them to put their own 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. Continue reading