As our roads get more congested and traffic takes more hours off our life, we’re looking for better ways to get from point A to point B.
Some solutions, like electric cars, focus on sustainability. Others focus on safety, like driverless cars.
But most of us aren’t about to go out and buy an electric car; and driverless cars are being piloted now, but it will be at least a few years before we come to rely on them, if we do at all.
There’s one solution that doesn’t require buying a new vehicle or waiting years to be driven around. Carpooling is environmentally sustainable, it reduces both traffic and commute time, it cuts commuting costs and can even boost your business’ productivity. And you could start benefiting today.
Driving machines or parking machines?
Lyft is a ride-sharing service in the US, one of Uber’s biggest competitors. Its president and co-founder, John Zimmer, is a passionate supporter of carpooling as a way to improve everyone’s lives (he even carpools to work) by drastically reducing traffic and carbon emissions.
As trains and automobiles were mobility revolutions, in his estimation, carpooling is the next great revolution. He came to this by looking at how we use cars now.
Americans, for example, spend $2 trillion on their country’s 250 million cars. And yet, 96% of the time, those cars just…..sit. It’s like, as he says, taking 240 million of the country’s cars and leaving them in a parking lot.
And with that in mind:
For the most part, your car isn’t actually a driving machine at all. It’s a parking machine.
It’s quite stunning when you think about it. We spend trillions each year on cars, road maintenance and construction, and tolls; not to mention the hours we spend in traffic losing productivity and good health.
All for what? Simply to get comfortably from point A to point B.
There are better ways, and every continent has come up with alternatives to the high cost of car ownership and parking.
We want to highlight a few of them to give you a sense of the scale of this revolution:
Waze uses GPS technology to get passengers to their destination, with the added benefit of crowd sourced information about road conditions. Just recently it launched Waze Carpool to help ”friends, neighbors and coworkers” save money everyday.
Scoop is the carpooling company bought by BMW. Other car makers, including Audi, GM and Volkswagen, are seeing the shift in global car ownership and user trends, so have made similar investments in mobility solutions.
Kangaride is a Canadian long-distance carpooling company that helps coordinate carpools throughout North America. It’s over 10 years old and boasts nearly half a million users.
HAXI is a peer to peer ride-sharing service out of the UK, that’s grown especially popular in Norway. It connect passengers looking for a ride with drivers who can provide it. It’s not unlike Uber, but rates are negotiable and it’s more user-driven.
BlaBlaCar bills itself as the world’s leading long-distance carpooling service, and for good reason. It operates throughout Europe & the UK, plus Russia, Mexico and Brazil. It allows drivers with empty seats to share rides–and fares–with passengers.
Coseats.com boasts “cheap and fun” travel and caters to both backpackers and commuters. Find trips, read reviews and even relocate your camper van.
Mobi (that’s us!) partners with universities and local governments to hit organisational sustainability targets and make their businesses more productive through carpooling. Partnership is free, we help make carpooling a success at your workplace, and provide monthly reports for your sustainability goals.
The Future is Carpooling
All over the world, people are joining the mobility revolution. We want to save our money, spend more time doing things we love, and enjoy the physical and mental health boosts that carpooling brings. We are coming together to create better solutions for ourselves and the generations to come.
It may take some time. We love the convenience of driving anywhere we want to go, whenever we can. We don’t want the risks that come with being stuck in a car with strangers.
Then again, no one ever imagined that Uber would catch on as fast as it did. But now 2am comes, and we don’t think twice about getting into a stranger’s car.
Consider the same convenience and cost, with the added comfort of riding with passengers you already know.
Consider the tremendous benefit to our environment if we shared cars.
How would your life be different if you didn’t have to spend it in traffic, or plan your day around rush hour?
How would your company be different if your employees didn’t start their day stressed out?
How would our world be different if we hit our sustainability goals, and then cut all our parking lots in half? What if we then turned that extra space into parks?
You won’t have to imagine much longer. The future is carpooling and it’s at our door.
Download Mobi’s info pack to hit your sustainability targets, boost your organisation’s engagement and productivity, and join the revolution.