Oliver Brown, Sharing Cars: The Future of Road Transport, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 25-29 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/sharing-cars-the-future-of-road-transport/) Abstract: In most industrialized countries, households depend on personal vehicles for getting around. In the US, for example, there are two cars for every household.1 Society pays a high price for this inefficient system of transport in the form of pollution, congestion, and other societal costs. But in cities that are densely populated, where alternative transport options are available and where everyone is connected through the web, does it make sense for the majority of households to own a car? The emergence of new business models that facilitate carsharing and ridesourcing is leading many to ask themselves this question. The Problem with Car Ownership The list of societal costs from road transport is long. They include the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on climate change, local air pollution, traffic congestion, road accidents, road damage, and noise pollution, to name a few. These costs are significant. For example, road transport accounts for more than a fifth of global … Topics: Sustainability