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Advantages of shared mobility

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Mobility, New Gen, Shared mobility / 30 August, 2021

Edgar Mondragón Tenorio Journalist

Without realizing it, thanks to the massive consumption of fossil fuels that comes with everyone having their own car, we caused the acceleration of global warming that we are trying to combat today.

Shared mobility

The fundamental idea of shared mobility is the use of the same vehicle by several occupants. This principle does not only refer to sharing a car on the same trip among several people, but also includes public transport buses, trains, cabs and even sharing bicycles or motorcycles.

This initiative has been spreading and being put into practice for several years now, and represents a viable alternative towards reducing carbon emissions and improving urban mobility. In addition, it brings with it a whole series of benefits that turn into a virtuous circle.

Advantages of shared mobility

Reduction of greenhouse gases. This is since by sharing a trip with one or more people, fewer vehicles will be in circulation at the same time, thus reducing the emission of these gases.

Higher income. For the rideshare, through the multiple platforms designed to connect him/her with users of these services, there is a payment for the ride, thus helping him/her to have an additional income or even a full-time job.

Savings and security. For those who lend their car solely for the purpose of taking advantage of its capacity and doing a favor to a neighbor or co-workers who live nearby, they also reap benefits. By sharing rides, expenses such as tolls or gasoline are shared. Passengers also see reductions in fares and, above all, in travel time, as well as greater safety.

Avoid unnecessary expenses. Those who are users of these shared mobility services of course have savings since not having a car avoids expenses such as tenure, insurance, spare parts, and everything involved in owning and maintaining a car.

Improved traffic conditions. In terms of traffic, having fewer cars in circulation necessarily reduces the likelihood of traffic jams, improving travel times by freeing up road space.

Safeguarding industrial productivity. Many companies have also benefited from this system. Those companies that did not close during the Covid-19 pandemic included these trips as a protocol measure to reduce the risk of contagion of their workers and, therefore, avoid seeing their productive capacity diminished due to lack of personnel.

Reduction in respiratory problems associated with contamination. The main benefit for society in general is that, by reducing the number of cars in circulation and the number of pollutants in the air, the quality of the air will increase, reducing health problems, mainly respiratory, especially in large cities.

Shared mobility can be seen as a simple trend, but it generates great benefits for everyone, those of us who are here today and those who are yet to come.