Scientists have recently discovered that car-sharing has the potential of providing cities with more parking, reduced traffic, and less greenhouse gas emissions.
A team of researchers from the University of California Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center conducted a study to establish the benefits of Car2Go, which differs from other vehicle services such as GM’s Maven and Zipcar.
Car2Go allows drivers to rent a car parked around them and to leave it anywhere they want in the city so that other drivers can use it as well. No reservations will be needed because local governments agreed that company’s cars could be parked in every public area.
Drivers will have to pay a one-time membership fee of $35 to be able to rent a Car2Go vehicle. Every minute of driving is 41 cents. This initiative is already widely spread in 30 cities as it already has almost 2 million members and 14.000 vehicles.
At the end of the survey, scientists came to the conclusion that every Car2Go reduced the traffic with around seven to eleven vehicles. These drivers either sold their cars or just switched to the Car2Go use because it was more affordable and efficient.
Another important aspect is that Car2Go members drove with seven percent fewer miles compared with other drivers. But the highest improvement consisted in the fact that greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by ten percent.
In other words, this initiative has healthy benefits by minimizing air pollution. According to Susan Shaheen, co-author of the research, these statistics represent a valuable source of information for other cities that are currently trying to find an efficient strategy to deal with various problems related to traffic and pollution.
Every big city faces the same challenges when it comes to parking space, traffic, and road rage. During the study, the team monitored around 9,500 Car2Go members in Washington D.C., Seattle, British Columbia, Vancouver, San Diego, and Calgary.
Also, the survey was partially funded by Daimler. The overall statistics showed that 28,000 vehicles disappeared from the roads of five cities thanks to Car2Go initiative. Shaheen underlined that a lot of people found the method very exciting and quite revolutionary, an aspect that made it even more appealing to the public.
Thanks to the fact that it proved to be a great success so far, car-sharing will be further expanded in future.