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Ridesharing: Saving America from Cars

An article in Salon on Sunday offers a good overview of the recent MIT study on the potential sharability of the average New York city taxi ride. While ride sharing is popular in other countries, especially in Europe (see my recent post on Blablacar), and collectivos or other forms of shared or informal busses exist in […]

Sharing Economy is still Capitalism: Uber and Lyft Battle for Drivers

There’s been a lot of recent media coverage of the Uber and Lyft fight for drivers, particularly of Uber’s use of contractors to book fake rides with Lyft and either cancel them or use the rides to recruit the drivers. The Verge ran a full exposé of this Uber practice recently. Lots of people are outraged, […]

Global Crowdsourced Delivery Update

The founder of Piggybee (who I previously interviewed) published an interesting new blog post which includes a comprehensive list of peer to peer delivery companies, and some interesting thoughts on why this business model should succeed (or at least why he’s not crazy to be trying it).

FAA Halts Flight Sharing

On August 13 the Federal Aviation Administration sent AirPooler a notice that flight sharing violates regulations. Flight sharing is an interesting new peer to peer service that allows people to purchase a seat with a private pilot who has empty space in an upcoming flight. In theory this works like ride sharing, and helps cover the cost of […]

SF Outside Lands: Uber Pricing Surge and Ride Sharing for Free

Last weekend at the San Francisco music festival Outside Lands fans were hit with huge price tags on their typically cheap and convenient peer to peer car service rides home. With public transit completely full and turning away passengers, I enjoyed an impromptu experience in free ride sharing as I drove a car full of concert goers across […]

Everyone is Ridesharing: Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Announce New Services

Last week UberX, Lyft and Sidecar all announced new ride sharing features which will give their passengers the option to share cars and costs when hiring these peer to peer taxi services. These ride services are in a unique position to know exactly where everyone is going and so to create efficient carpooling, in real time. I’m calling this […]

BlaBlaCar Raises $100 Million to Expand Ride Sharing

There are a variety of sharing economy options in the peer to peer transportation business these days, including car rentals, taxi services and ride sharing. Ride sharing is just another name for carpooling among strangers. I’ve written before about how excited I am about the ride sharing option, as it’s efficient and economical, and for travelers […]

PiggyBee Founder Discusses Peer to Peer Delivery for Rewards Travelers Want

I’ve written about the peer to peer delivery and shipping businesses, which offer travelers a way to earn some money as a part of their trips. PiggyBee is an interesting addition to this space because they focus on non-monetary rewards, like a ride from the airport or a drink with a local. Still in the […]

Free Flights with Miles and Points

Getting to your vacation destination can be the most expensive part of a trip, especially if you’re traveling long distances. Lodging, another significant vacation expense, can be greatly reduced or even eliminated through sharing economy lodging options like home exchange and peer to peer rentals. But unless you are super rich and want to use a service like Zigair […]

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