Why public transport operators should embrace car-sharing
Ride-sharing has the potential to help solve the global problem of pollution, overpopulation and congestion. Katy Medlock, Head of UK at Drivy, explains how integrating car- and ride-share options with public transport could be the way to finally leave personal car ownership in the polluted past.
Last year I attended the Intelligent Transport Conference, where some of the people I met were clearly surprised to see a car-sharing player like Drivy represented. I remember one person from the rail industry suspiciously referring to me as “one of those new disruptive competitors”.
I think it was meant as a compliment, but still rather odd, given Drivy and many other car-sharing providers share the same common goal as public transport operators and local councils: developing an effective public transport ecosystem to reduce car ownership and the corresponding congestion and pollution. This essentially leads to providing people with a cleaner method of getting where they need to go, and in the process, reducing the need for personal car use.