Respiro becomes a member of the CSA

Launched in 2010, Respiro Car Sharing is the pioneering car sharing company in the capital of Spain and currently offers its services in a network of over 100 car parks in the city of Madrid. Respiro´s low emission-, electric and hybrid cars represent the smart alternative to the private car for thousands of residents and businesses with their “pay as you go” system that allows members to rent cars by the hour or day with petrol and insurance included starting at 2 € / h and 25 € / day. Respiro … [Read more...]

Op-ed: Carsharing and Travel Behavior

This article from Friso Metz was posted on Eric Britton's World Streets Blog  It has some good insights on the consumer's process of considering carsharing, changing thinking patterns, and eventually changing travel behavior.   >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Carsharing has a great impact on the travel behavior of people. In the literature on the subject’s attention to the question of how large these effects are. There is less attention … [Read more...]

OTA keys becomes an affiliate of the CSA

A joint venture between Continental and D’Ieteren, OTA keys introduces a global solution for carsharing organizations, car rental companies, OEM’s and fleet management companies. The technology allows users to access (unlock) and enable vehicle ignition by smartphone through Bluetooth or NFC connection. We can propose flexible hardware and software solutions depending on your needs. A minimum on board equipment allows easy and fast installation and great value for money with the highest security … [Read more...]

Report from the Michelin Bibendum Challenge in Chengdu, China

The Michelin Bibendum Challenge was one of the largest gatherings of the year on the topic of shared-use mobility. Carlo Di Giusto was in Chengu and provides this report.  Click here for the original text in Italian. >>>>>>>>>>>>> The car manufacturers want to excel in the services, not only in mobility products. It is one of the macro trends outlined this morning at the Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China, during the presentation by Sarwant Singh, a … [Read more...]

Peer-to-Peer Carsharing: Exploring Public Perception and Market Characteristics

The top three reasons for using peer-to-peer carsharing are convenience and availability, monetary savings, and expanded mobility options.  Further outreach and education are needed to raise awareness of this mobility innovation. Full text of the article here:   … [Read more...]

Can Shared Mobility Help Low-Income People Access Opportunity?

Michael Kodransky from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has written a great paper on the topic of social equity in shared use mobility.  As carsharing expands, this topic is of great interest to policymakers. … [Read more...]

Carsharing: Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Scott Levine from the Centre for Trassport Studies at the Imperial College in London, together with academic colleagues has put together a great paper on carsharing that deals with definitions, taxation, relationships with the public sector and the role of 'industry-level bodies' like the CSA. For those interested in the development of shared mobility, this is definitely worth … [Read more...]

Putting more transportation dollars in the hands of local communities in the USA

Thanks to the leadership and bravery of a bipartisan group of Senators, there’s a terrific bill that would change the game and bring more transportation dollars – and control over them – down to the local level where they are needed most. Senators Booker (D-NJ), Wicker (R-MS), and Begich (D-AK), Casey (D-PA), and Cochran (R-MS) are introducing the Senate companion to a House bill after hearing from mayors and other local officials in their states about how important access to these dollars are … [Read more...]

Cities and municipalities adopt carsharing services to replace owned fleets

  Carsharing has developed beyond a B2C service that enhances individuals mobility options.  Corporate carsharing, in a variety of forms, allows companies to divest of vehicle assets and contract with a service provider like Zipcar’s Fastfleet, to provide mobility for employees that need a car for work purposes. The financial benefits of switching from an owned fleet to a shared fleet have also also proven attractive to many cities and municipalities.  Washington, DC and Vancouver, Canada … [Read more...]

Zipcar partners with American Association of Retired Persons

One might not think of senior citizens and carsharing as a natural fit, but Zipcar has forged ahead with a partnership with AARP to make the offer to this growing demographic. For many senior citizens, private car ownership has always been a part of adult life and not long ago the choice of vehicle make and model was an important expression of one's personal of style and social status. Carsharing services have been much more popular with younger people and Zipcar's own research shows Millennials … [Read more...]


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