Neighbourhood car sharing

I believe that creating a neighbourhood car sharing platform would be an interesting next step to enhance the value proposition of what the concept of car sharing is already offering.

I envision a car sharing platform at a neighbourhood level. Every neighbourhood in a city would have its particular space in the platform, restricted to the residents of every specific area. The platform would collect all the neighbours needs in terms of mobility and assess what is the total number of hours of usage needed, which would then translate in a number of cars (all possible transport means could be included: bikes, motorcycle, etc.) with specific characteristics (family cars, small cars etc.). The platform would offer the cars depending on the needs and infrastructure reality of the area, and create a timetable with the cars availability per household depending on the different needs. The system should have a way to offer extra capacity (extra car) in case of emergencies and a way to control the hours of usage per household taking into account the capacity previously demanded (e.g. extra costs for extra hours). 

The system could also be combined with
- An incentives scheme, for instance: rewarding households that spent less hours (weekly) than the ones allocated.
- Other transportation vehicles as bikes (sharing), public transport, etc.
- And even with parking sharing in the whole city to facilitate space for vehicles ( 

Ultimately, every neighbourhood could receive a tailored mobility package depending on the users needs. These needs being shaped and rationalized by the mentioned incentives scheme. 

I believe this approach could tackle many different topics: make car sharing more efficient, increase households money savings, strengthen communities, oblige households to make a more conscious mobility in the city, and many others.

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Calum Irvine
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  • This is a really engaging concept and I believe it's the right direction for 'mobility as a service'. I think it's very important to consider equality of access. If provision is better for neighbourhoods with the means to pay more or to attract a better service, there could be a negative impact on other neighbourhoods, and the people who would most benefit from the service wouldn't have the opportunity to use it. I would suggest local government bodies could regulate services like this.