Carsharing Services Take Advantage of Mobile Technology
A Berg Insight report mainly covers carsharing services offered by commercial carsharing organizations and companies, not peer-to-peer firms.The number of users of carsharing services worldwide is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 32.0 percent from 6.5 million people in 2015 to reach 26.0 million people in 2020, according to a report from Berg Insight. The analyst firm forecasts that the number of cars used for carsharing services will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 29.6 percent from 123,000 at the end of 2015 to 450,000 at the end of 2020. The report mainly covers carsharing services offered by commercial carsharing organizations and companies, not peer-to-peer services that enable car owners to share their vehicles. "Carsharing services are becoming more sophisticated by adoption of new technologies like smartphones for booking and accessing the cars without the need for a key or smartcard," André Malm, senior analyst at Berg Insight, told eWEEK. "The adoption of telematics systems and advanced back-end IT platforms also enable carsharing service providers to launch new operational models such as free-floating services."
Free-floating services enable customers to pick up and drop off cars anywhere within a designated area where parking is allowed, not only at designated parking spaces like traditional carsharing services, Malm said.