Car sharing in practice and theory

Research Cooperative
06/09/12 07:34:43AM

Since I don't own a car but sometimes rent, I was interested to learn that a car sharing service is already operating in the larger cities of Australia ( Goget ). The company presents a comparison of the costs of owning vs costs of sharing, for different levels of usage.

That is a comparison that is best served by independent research!

Scholarly articles on car sharing are abundant.

In many nations, the roading infrastructure for private car ownership has not been developing as fast as the spread of such ownership. That clearly suggest a need for car sharing, even if the novelty of car use makes private ownership more desirable.

Here are some more search results:

" car sharing " - 9,630

"car sharing" + Australia - 1,590

" car sharing" + China - 1,820

"car sharing" + Germany - 3,540

"car sharing" + India - 1,130

"car sharing" + Netherlands - 2,170

"car sharing" + Philippines - 211

"car sharing" + USA - 3,140

"car sharing" + Japan 1,920

"car sharing" + Vietnam - 209

It could be useful to take numbers like these (with irrelevant results weeded out) and then look at the relationship with estimated numbers for (a) total urban population in each country, or (b) overall population density in each country. In such a comparison, the results for Australia might be outstanding.

Of course, numbers should also be compared using local search engines and languages.

For countries with early-stage car cultures, like the China, Philippines and Vietnam, it may be a good time now to be doing research on car sharing, and perhaps investing in the business!

In Japan, with a rapidly aging population that represents the first human generation of mass car ownership, it must also be a good place to look at the emergence of car sharing systems.