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Flexible Ridesharing

New Opportunities and Service Concepts for Sustainable Mobility

Handke, Volker, Jonuschat, Helga

2013, X, 118 p.

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  • Detailed information on experiences with the implementation of an IT-based carpooling system
  • Integrated information on carpooling activities around the world
  •  Well-known expert in this field

Individual mobility is one of the most important needs of modern society and an important link between private, public and economic life. In contrast, transport also entails severe environmental and social burdens, foiling current efforts for sustainable development. As the main source of CO2 emissions, transport is a prominent driver for climate change, and individual car traffic is responsible for nearly a third of the total energy consumption.

However, we have to consider that many commuters feel indeed very dependent on their car. Here, ridesharing promises to contribute to environmental protection, while still offering individual mobility. Although ridesharing options have been discussed since many years, internet and smartphones provide completeley new opportunities to find ridesharing partners today. Thus, this book deals with current efforts on implementing flexible internet- and phone-based ridesharing services. With a main focus on the users‘ perspective, their demands and acceptance limits, we aim to explore success factors for non-profit, but also commercial ridesharing concepts.

 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Electronic and Computer Engineering - Innovation - Technology Management - Transportation

Related subjects » Mechanical Engineering - Political Science - R&D / Technology Policy - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Mobility.- Carpooling.- The Carriva Ridesharing Club.- Launching the service: Reaching a critical mass by establishing an internet-based service.- Test phase: Start of the phone-based ridematching service.- Recommendations for the dissemination phase.- Assessment of sustainability impacts.- Outlook.- Bibliography

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