2011-10-25

A Driving Tour Of Global Car Sharing

This interactive infographic explains some of the benefits of car sharing, and how it’s taking off around the world.

Most urban Americans are--by this point--at least aware of car sharing and the potential benefits it can bring. Owning a car can be an expensive proposition, given upkeep, parking, and insurance. And with public transit nearby, there isn’t much need for a car except in very specific circumstances. Thus, renting a car from a company or a neighbor just for the moments you need one becomes quite economical.

Given those realities, and new technology that is making it easier to implement, car sharing is taking off around the world. A new infographic, designed by Hyperakt and created by the Collaborative Fund (the folks behind the collaborative consumption house graphic) lets you drive a car through a landscape that shows the benefits of car sharing. For instance:

Car sharing, just by its essence, helps reduce traffic and congestion. As you can see from the image all the way above, that makes a huge difference for the environment, as well: Car sharing around the world led to a reduction of half a million tons of carbon.And that’s just the beginning. Car sharing is taking off in North America, with 100 times the number of vehicles available to be shared than 10 years ago, and more than half a million people participating:

And that’s just the U.S. As the car in the graphic makes its way through the whimsical landscape, you can click on various flags to find stats and info about the companies and services offering car sharing around the world, from places like France (whose municipal car sharing we wrote about here) to smaller countries like Costa Rica.

You can play with the full infographic and get the full car-sharing picture here. Make sure you click on some of the animated animals. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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  • Jack Holt

    I'm curious how you think the big rental agencies are going to react? Although they're not going to do anything fast, they have to be losing 5 minutes of sleep thinking about it (!).

    And yes, like you, I have a vested interest given our API's applicability in the space. Jack