Car Sharing and The Future of Transportation
By: Good2GoPublished: April 13, 2015
If you’re like the rest of us, when it comes to the future, you want to know today what the possibilities are for tomorrow. Transportation is often one of the first topics brought up when this kind of futuristic discussion arises. Where do we even begin? How do we gain insight into what awaits the transportation industry?
Meet the Concept Car
To uncover what the cars of the future will look like, a great place to start is at one of the various car shows around the world as they introduce their concept cars. It is here where you will find some of the latest innovations of style, performance, power, and utility – all showcased under one roof. It’s a place where you’ll find some of the most cutting-edge technologies. Car shows are a place to push the envelope. As ridiculous as some of these concept car’s “concepts” may seem, a lot of them are going to prove viable in the decades to come. They will attempt to solve some of society’s most pressing issues.
How do we deal with the issue of urban population density?
If you have ever driven in a big city you know how hard it is to get around. You know how expensive it is to own a car and you’re more than familiar with the time-consuming process of finding parking. Frankly, driving in a city sucks! Because of this, there is a very real need to come up with creative ways to move people from place to place. There is a gradual shift to move away from traditional methods and towards small, shared electric cars, which will radically change the city driving experience. Tiny, renewable energy vehicles will free up roadways, eliminate ownership costs, and more importantly, reduce environmental impact.
Enter …Car Sharing
Car sharing isn’t a completely novel idea. In fact, different variations of car sharing have been around since the early 1970s, but their popularity is greater now than ever. The widespread use of car sharing has forced the hand of car manufacturers and they’re now jockeying for market share.
One of the most successful manufacturers, Daimler Chrysler, introduced their Car2Go car sharing program in October 2008. The program uses Chrysler’s Smart Fortwos, a rear-engine city car. Car2Go is now operating in eight countries and serving over a million customers. It would not be surprising if other manufactures follow Chrysler’s lead into the car sharing market.
It’s Electric! Boogie Woogie, Woogie
Toyota has made their way into the market by delivering a vehicle tailor-made for the car sharing industry. Toyota’s Scion iQ EV is growing in popularity among car sharing programs. Its appeal is simple –it’s electric and small. Electric vehicles have been conceptualized for decades, but Toyota’s version is specifically built for commuters. Imagine…you hop in the Scion IQ EV drive around for 3 hours and all you have to do is plug it back in when you return it. No refueling, just a high-output lithium-ion battery powering your urban adventures.
Does it Fold Up?
It seems like a very strange question to ask, especially when we’re talking about cars, but the smart folks at MIT have designed a foldable car – the Hiriko. MIT’s Hiriko solves the issues associated with urban transportation by providing drivers the ability to shrink their car’s length simply by hitting a button. The car transforms from 98.4 inches to 59.1 inches in length in a matter of moments. The days of passing up a parking space because it’s too small are gone.
Climate and Air Quality
When most people think of big cities, they think congestion. The sound of horns honking and the smell of carbon dioxide begin to fill their imagination. Alternative fuels have long been pegged as the solution to many of the environmental woes associated with transportation. Whether it’s ethanol, biodiesel, or hydrogen, they all have their pros and cons. One thing is for certain we need to curb our emissions. Cars will continue to shrink. Car sharing will become more pervasive. Manufacturers will continue to push the limits, but at the end of the day it’s our responsibility to maintain our planet.
As transportation continues to evolve, cars will continue to improve their safety and environmental standards. So, how will that affect your auto insurance coverage? It’s a great question, but a hard one to answer at this point. Conventional wisdom would say that as cars become safer, accidents become fewer, and the burden on the environment is lessened car insurance rates should decrease.
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