New mobility concepts are shaping the debate about the future of mobility – but not most people’s everyday reality
Car-sharing concepts, which have become increasingly important in recent years, especially in urban areas, are being used extensively in some countries – partly as a result of the pandemic. The need to switch to private cars is particularly pronounced in China, with 21 percent of those surveyed using such on-demand solutions due to the pandemic. In France and the US, significant portions of the population (7 and 6 percent respectively) still rely on these services. It is also noticeable that people in Germany and France tend to stay with traditional mobility concepts: the use of car-sharing services plays almost no role in both countries, still lagging behind the more traditional rental car.
Private transportation is firmly anchored in most people’s everyday lives and will probably remain so for a long time to come, especially in rural areas where households are currently more likely to have their own car.
New mobility concepts are shaping the debate about the future of mobility – but not the reality of most people’s everyday lives.
Well over 80 percent of those surveyed own the car they regularly drive and 14 to 20 percent use the car of a family member or a friend. New car-sharing concepts such as ride pooling or ride hailing have not played a relevant role so far. The share of respondents using such services is rising slightly in large cities only, especially in the US. But even here, there is no evidence of a mainstream phenomenon.
In addition, around 10 percent of people in China say that they use these services regularly – although more people there are considering buying a car than in any other country, meaning car-sharing models could become even less significant.
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