One of the most prominent and practical manifestations of a shared economy is shared mobility. Shared mobility has become an integral part of open planning, and it plays a major role in determining the livability of cities in terms of traffic congestion and environmental friendliness.
What is Shared mobility?
As the name implies, shared mobility is the concept of sharing your means of commute with other people who might want to reach the same destination as yours. Sometimes, it does not have to be confined to a specific destination but can also be offered as a service. Carpooling is of the first kind, and ridesharing on cabs falls into the second category.
In the long run, with the increased acceptance of the gig economy, the number of shared mobility avenues is expected to increase. The increase will not only contribute from an economic perspective by opening up new business avenues and by providing multiple earning opportunities for people who own cars.it is also expected to positively impact the environment, especially at a time when climate change is one of the most important points of heated debate by reducing the number of vehicles for the amount of fuel required to transport a given number of people.
From the social front, it is quite possible that shared mobility can contribute to a lot of interactions and the development of interpersonal skills.
Although the possibilities are endless in the future, as of today, ride-sharing and carpooling sit at the top of the totem pole when it comes to shared mobility. Ridesharing and carpooling find their relevance across multiple segments.
Transportation for employees
Transportation for office goers is an unavoidable commute on an everyday basis. Shared transportation for employees can transform the way in which the company handles employee stress and environmental emissions. A single-vehicle with a planned pick up or drop can effectively replace three cars. Offices are probably the first places that can implement shared mobility practices.
Car sharing is the anarchic way of shared mobility. It can, however, be the shot in the arm that transportation needed. It can effectively decongest roads and also save on fuel, especially in the instances where a lot of time is spent at toll booths or in signals.
Let us take China as a specific example. China has over 235 million cars. It has a direct effect on the climate, not only in China but all across the globe. There are families that have more than one car, and there are families in the same locality that travel to a specific place to work on an everyday basis. Considering these factors, developing a carpooling app can be an effective solution that addresses all the misgivings of using individual cars.
The perfect urban solution?
The entry of application-based cab services on demand has served as the silver bullet for a city-baed commute. A lot of major cities across the planet have some operators or the other offering this service. It made cabs a mainstream avenue for transportation, unlike the past, when cabs remained a luxury in most countries.
To extend the utility ushered by ride-hailing applications, ride sharing can be offered by private vehicle owners. They can open their car for sharing their ride with someone who commutes on the same route as theirs.
The primary aim of cities would be to decongest traffic. While carpooling and ridesharing can effectively take care of decongesting because of traffic, another great way would be to rent a bicycle and pay by use. It not only presents a great option for the environment and in pursuit of decongesting traffic but also helps in keeping yourself fit. Here again, it is to be remembered that when you rent a bicycle and pay for its use, it is still counted under shared mobility.
Perhaps one of the greatest technical advantages brought about by this taxi app ecosystem is the combination of GPS and mapping. With this duo, it was possible for the app to precisely pinpoint the location of the user who wanted to avail a service. It meant that a lot of time and effort was saved in directing the drivers and helping them navigate to the location.
In addition to this basic technology, there are a lot of other technologies involved in making the service better, especially in the field of shared mobility. There are a lot of new-age technologies like Blockchain, internet of things, artificial intelligence and machine learning that are expected to augment the awesomeness of transportation and shared mobility. It might bring in a lot of advantages like the verification of drivers’ identities and authenticities, and securing the drive with an automatically activated panic signal generator. It might even bring in better efficiency in the booking of rides by using advanced analytics and machine learning.
It all comes down to apps!
To make use of all these technological advancements, creating an app that accommodates everything is essential. In all of this, the app should not miss out on the core features and attributes like usability and lightness. Another interesting thing to notice is that the skeleton of most of the shared mobility apps remains the same.
This means that an aspiring entrepreneur who would like to create a business out of shared mobility services can use the clones of Uber. These Uber clone scripts are easily customizable and can be made quite modular. You can add features and remove certain features according to your requirements.
You can also customize the visual elements of the app to make sure that it bears your brand language in every sense.
The perception of privacy and being social has drastically changed over the past two decades. People are quite receptive and rather welcoming towards the idea of a shared economy and mobility. This also goes in line with the larger picture of keeping the earth a safer planet by protecting the environment.
When all these aspects fall in place, all that is left to do is to understand your market for shared mobility, create apps that fit your requirement, and market it effectively!
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