Parking study quantifies carsharing impacts in Sydney

The leading Australian carsharing organizations GoGet, GreenShareCar and Flexicar have co-operated to produce a detailed study of the parking market in Sydney.

Summary of Carsharing Conference held in Vancouver, Canada on September 22-23, 2015

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Bodo Schwieger from team red Berlin speaks on the The Future of Mobility – photo credit Emily Fleck

More than 200 people from 18 countries attended the Carsharing Conference in Vancouver on September 22-23.  Participating were carsharing operators, mobility technology companies, public transit employees, city staff, elected officials, and consultants.

In the opening remarks, the question was asked “How do we increase carsharing tenfold?” and “What are the barriers to this growth?”  Throughout the program, the opportunity to make shared mobility more accessible and attractive to the travelling public was explored in three themes:

Cities: Use of Public Space for Shared Mobility – As the public sector controls a vast inventory of strategic parking resources, carsharing organizations need to work together with civic transportation planners, parking managers and elected officials to demonstrate the synergy between carsharing and the goals of the city. Research demonstrating the link between carsharing and reduced levels of private car ownership, reduced vehicle miles travelled and increased use of walking, cycling and public transit modes is important. Carsharing organizations will be expected provide data and reporting to transportation authorities to illustrate the impact that carsharing has on the overall transportation system.

To reduce traffic congestion and improve the problem of scarce parking resources, cities will need political leadership to discourage private auto ownership.  With political support, progressive policies for parking, use of the public right of way, taxation make shared use vehicles relatively more attractive than private cars. Encouraging shared car mobility helps cities to reach their sustainability goals and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Some of the characteristics of the ideal carsharing city are:

  • City administration uses carsharing vehicles for city business and makes the vehicles available for use by the public on weekends and evenings
  • City makes public lands available for parking carsharing vehicles
  • City makes allowances for reduced parking requirements when land developers include carsharing in new housing projects

Public Transit: Integrated Mobility – The opportunity for combining, carsharing, bike sharing, ridesharing and ridesourcing with bus and rail systems is full of promise.  By putting the customer at the center and offering a broad choice of mobility options, public transit authorities can increase ridership and discourage the use of private automobiles in cities.  There are examples of pilot projects between new mobility providers and public transit that reduce operating costs and increase ridership, but most partnerships are still at the discussion stages. Much more work remains to develop a seamless multi-modal experience for the traveling public.

Technology: Smartphones, Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles – Clearly, having access to information in the palm of your hand has transformed the way people think about mobility. Ther was an interesting discussion about how open data standards can allow carsharing inventory to be shared across various aggregator/reseller platforms.  New technology is emerging that allows carsharing organizations to optimize fleet deployment and increase yields. The user interface for booking and paying for shared cars is improving – making it easier for new members to get into vehicles and start driving.

Other topics discussed included the wide variety of applications of carsharing in business and government fleets. Eliminating “grey fleets” (employee-owned vehicles being used for business purposes), and requiring staff to use shared cars has proved to be more economical for businesses.  When the distance-based reimbursements paid to employees are eliminated, the economics of using private cars for commuting purposes changes and using alternative transportation for the journey to work becomes more attractive.

Electric Vehicle Carsharing – Electric vehicle carsharing fleets have been deployed in Paris, Amsterdam, Indianapolis, San Diego and Copenhagen.  Other EV sharing systems are planned for Singapore, Montreal and Auckland. Constraints to the expansion of EV sharing systems include lack of consumer awareness about electric vehicle technologies (performance vs. conventional cars, battery range, charging requirements) and limited appetite from consumers to drive electric vehicles. Additional challenges include finding suitable public locations for charging infrastructure and the financing of electric cars and charging stations.

Electric vehicles also have certain advantages in carsharing. Urban carsharing trips are generally short distance and short time duration, consuming just a fraction of a full battery charge. Electric drive is much quieter than combustion engines and does not produce tailpipe emissions making urban roadways more compatible for mixed use with pedestrians. Consumers have the opportunity to “try out” electric car technology without having to purchase it. A carsharing member may choose a conventional gasoline-powered car when required for a longer trip outside city center.

The Carsharing Association will continue to work on partnerships within the transportation community to advance the social and environmental benefits of carsharing. To keep up with developments at CSA, please sign up for our (infrequent) newsletter, and follow us on twitter at @carsharing.

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OpenFleet becomes a CSA Affiliate

OpenFleet pledges to contribute to the effort of accelerating carsharing practices and is proud to join CSA an organization which strongly promotes values of sustainability and socially responsible ethics.
OpenFleet is a state-of-the-art technology combining advanced fleet management functionalities and carsharing keyless technology.  

Says Stéphane Savouré (Founder/President of OpenFleet) :

“Our team initially designed this technology to meet the specific requirements of the P2P carsharing market. Now we offer OpenFleet technology to CSOs, transit authorities, private/public fleets and other automotive professionals. We believe in the social benefit of carsharing and the sustainable approach its brings to urban, suburban and rural areas. By allowing a new, flexible mobility solution to users, based on existing vehicles, we avoid over-exploitation of roads and infrastructure and favor intermodality.”

APTA Twelve Principles for Integrated Mobility & Disruptive Technologies

The rise of multiple technology-driven mobility services has presented the traveling public a new array of mobility choices. At the same time, rapid advances in the development of autonomous vehicles and other vehicle technology systems have brought on various new visions of America’s transportation future.

APTA’s efforts to understand this dynamic and disruptive landscape have given rise to the following questions:

  • How can these services collectively work in an integrated transportation system?
  • Can new levels of efficiency evolve?
  • Can a new combination of mobility options collectively provide the array of choices that allow for lifestyles that are less automobile-dependent, to be accompanied by an overall greater reliance on public transportation?
  • How should the public transportation industry lead the change?
  • How can we capitalize on the space efficiencies of transit and walkable, transit-oriented communities/corridors? (Public transportation moves more people in less space than any other transportation mode.)

Access and mobility are fundamental to the economic and social freedom of Americans. The following policy framework provides core principles to help shape the evolving new frontiers in mobility and public transportation and assure that the public is served with efficient, equitable, and convenient travel choices.

  1. Ensure Accessibility: Providers in the transportation network must provide access for all, and be driven by the need for social inclusion and environmental justice in our transportation system.
  1. Encourage Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The public transportation community welcomes new technologies, new ideas, new players, new business practices, and new business models. Public transportation systems will lead, adapt, collaborate and reposition as appropriate.
  1. Promote Integration & Coordination: Mobility providers and services must all work together as components of an integrated transportation system. Transit is positioned to serve as its backbone. Given their public orientation, transit agencies are positioned to serve as integrators of these new mobility services, and transit executives as leaders and champions of collaboration.
  1. Establish One-Stop-Shopping for the Complete Trip: The wide array of mobility management strategies must be communicated clearly, understood easily and be available through an accessible, central clearinghouse. Integrated payment systems should be pursued. Customers should be able to plan and pay for their full trip through a facile, transparent process and a single technological platform. Convenient, stress-free trip planning and payment should extend to the full range of trip purposes (i.e., jobs, education, social, health, and access to essential services).  The fare collection platforms must also provide a robust, secure and auditable system.
  1. Encourage Sharing and Cooperation: Sharing anonymous data or providing open data should be an aspirational goal for all parties, public and private.
  1. Identify Opportunities to Capitalize on Technology to Advance Mobility and Efficiency: New technologies may be applied by transit agencies to facilitate environmental, economic, and social goals. Transit agencies should integrate new mobility providers into first-mile/last-mile strategies, new paratransit alternatives, etc., to help achieve new efficiencies where it makes economic, operational and customer service sense.
  1. Provide Appropriate Public Oversight: Safety for customers and community, and public responsibility by transportation providers should be expected. However, public oversight should avoid being a regulatory roadblock to innovative services and mobility solutions.
  1. Regulation should be in the context of an evolving mobility market.
  2. Procurement rules should encourage and facilitate innovation while maintaining an appropriate level of accountability.
  3. Regulatory performance should be tracked and measured to understand long-term impacts.
  1. Invest in the Required Infrastructure: New mobility technologies will require Intelligent Transportation Systems and other forms of infrastructure.  Such needs must be quantified, and appropriate investments made as additions to federal, state and local programs.  Additional policy and program adjustments may also be required.
  1. Develop Understanding & Best Practices: The public transportation industry and its partners should conduct new research; ask questions; share best practices and lessons learned; understand disparate impacts by system size and income levels; establish cross-industry dialogue; and develop a better understanding of big-picture, holistic impacts (including land use, sustainability, workforce, and other implications of enhanced mobility).
  1. Identify New Business Markets, Partnerships & Membership: Businesses and mobility services emerging in the new mobility marketplace should look to APTA as a trade association worthy of their time, investment and membership. APTA members will benefit from working closely with technology companies, new start-ups and contractors.
  1. Assure the Ongoing Availability of Public Transportation Services: It is in the public interest that transit services emerge stronger, not weaker. Consider how new governance models, aimed at the broad, overarching mission of mobility, might be an appropriate evolution for transit agencies.
  1. Protect the Privacy of Passengers and Customers: New technologies bring new considerations regarding how to collect and safeguard sensitive passenger data, including payment, location, contact, and relationship information. Transit agencies must adopt appropriate technologies to keep personal data protected, and review and revise open records statues and regulations to ensure that such data may remain private.

VeloMetro becomes a CSA Affiliate

Founded in 2013 and based in Vancouver, Canada, VeloMetro is focused on launching the world’s first VeloCar sharing network. VeloMetro’s VeloCars are fully enclosed, three-wheeled cycles with pedal-electric assist. They are specifically designed with sharing in mind by including keyless entry and advanced connectivity for easy user access and fleet monitoring in both one-way and station-based sharing applications.

Ideal for urban commuting, VeloCars are a healthy, fun, and environmentally-friendly alternative to automobiles. VeloMetro has designed the VeloCar to fit within power assisted cycle regulations across North America, and has also overcome the shortcomings of bicycles by providing protection from bad weather, lockable cargo capacity, and seamless electric assist for riding up hills and over longer distances.

At the time of joining the CSA in May of 2015, VeloMetro was preparing for initial VeloCar production and finalizing discussions with civic partners for fleet pilots beginning in late 2015. VeloMetro plans to launch the world’s first VeloCar sharing network in 2016.

Anytime becomes a CSA Member

Citycar LLC under Anytime brand was founded in Spring of 2012. Company started with 50 cars and was the first who provided carsharing service on Russian market.

Anytime is a pioneer of carsharing business in Russia, operating in the City of Moscow with 13,000 users and a fleet of 100 cars.

Anytime service is unique: software developed in Russia and is the most advanced among the world analogues. Anytime clients can operate a car with a mobile application.

Anytime company has a plan to launch services in other Russian cities and expand the fleet to 1,000 cars by the end of 2015.

Here is what Managing director/Partner of Anytime Yulia Baimler says:

“We are happy to be the first Russian company to become a member of CSA! Anytime company being a pioneer of carsharing in Russia was created with a target to popularize this service not only in Moscow, but also in other cities of Russia. Our company has a plan to maximize service cover of territory of Russia. Speaking about company strategy, first of all we are going to increase company fleet to 1,000 cars till the end of 2015, by the end of 2016 plan is 2,000 cars. We expect to remain the leading carsharing company even as new players enter the market. Being a company with open architecture business with a possibility to attract investors to an open platform and suggesting other carsharing types is a must for a company’s growth.”

Eco Service becomes an affiliate of CSA

Operating since 2010, Eco Service is a leader in eco-friendly automotive solutions. We clean, shuttle and maintain thousands of fleet and end-user vehicles every month. Our goal is to add value by taking time to understand the client’s needs and customizing smart & creative solutions that contribute positively to their bottom-line, organization’s environmental goals and save time.
The company has grown consistently over the past 5+ years under the guidance of the original founders with ambitions to solve environmental, technological, and operational problems in a century-old automotive industry transitioning to a new mobility world.

Frost & Sullivan – Intelligent Mobility, July 1 & 2

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Connectivity, Urbanisation and Social changes continue to have a profound impact on the future of personal and freight mobility, and on the car of the future. Our delegates to Urban Mobility 3.0, held annually in London since 2008, have witnessed the realisation of mega trends on the future of mobility, with new products & services being launched as a result.

Urban Mobility is the annual global exclusive event where senior experts within mobility meet to make new connections and hear from those pioneering developments within the industry.

HitchPlanet becomes an affiliate of the CSA

Meet HitchPlanet; Canada’s long distance rideshare platform

Started in 2010 by two snow enthusiasts to reduce travel costs to the ski resort of Whistler, HitchPlanet is a rideshare platform that helps people share rides in British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State.

HitchPlanet helps drivers fill empty seats in their cars in return for cost contributions. This helps people travel more affordably and increases vehicle occupancy, which in turns reduces carbon emissions per capita.

Ridesharing on long-distance trips helps carsharing users optimize costs: drivers can post spare seats in return for a cost contributions, further sharing the overall cost of their trips.

The CSA is supportive of intercity ridesharing solutions that improve asset utilization by getting “bums in seats”.

Enterprise CarShare becomes a member of CSA

Enterprise CarShare formally announced yesterday — at the 2015 International Car Rental Show — that it has joined the CarSharing Association, a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing cooperation between urban mobility providers, cities and public transit.
The announcement was made during the Car Rental Show’s session “The Convergence of Carsharing and Car Rental,” which highlighted the important role that the car rental industry plays in the evolution of urban mobility.
Moderated by Alan Woodland, executive director of the CarSharing Association, the panel discussion included Enterprise CarShare’s Kyle Sabie as well as three other industry experts.
The CSA is a global industry trade group with members in 11 countries.
“We work closely with public transit authorities and city officials to serve as advocates for a portfolio of mobility options,” said Woodland. “Enterprise CarShare is a well-established player in the industry, and we’re glad to have their help in expanding support for sustainable urban mobility in communities around the world.”
Enterprise CarShare is available in more than 35 U.S. states, Canada and the U.K., on nearly 100 university campuses and through 40 dedicated government and business accounts, according to the company.
“At its core, carsharing is a car rental transaction, whether you rent for an hour or a week and whether you do it in person or digitally,” said Sabie, corporate rental manager for Enterprise CarShare. “Car rental companies like Enterprise are applying the technology many of us associate with carsharing to make picking up a car accessible and seamless for anyone, not just carsharing members.”

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