Shared Mobility: The Potential of Ridehailing and Pooling
Ridesharing is older than horse-and-buggy travel, and recent innovations make sharing easier, more convenient, and more efficient than ever before. Innovative mobility services premised on pooling can lower travel costs, mitigate congestion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They also offer travelers more mobility choices beyond the traditional bookends of auto ownership and public transit. While the realm of shared mobility is vast, including shared bikes, scooters, and cars, the focus of this chapter is on pooled services—placing more people in a single vehicle. Doing so unlocks huge economic, social, and environmental benefits.