May 10, 2010

Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing On Its Way

Car-sharing happens on many levels. Your friend borrows your car for a day; you and your neighbor agree to share equal ownership and use of one car; you and five neighbors and friends share ownership of a pickup truck; you use ZipCar when you need to go the grocery store.

Soon, you may be able to share your personal vehicle or use vehicles belonging to your neighbors, using technology similar to that used by rental and car-sharing systems. It's called peer-to-peer car-sharing and it's catching on in the United States and abroad. In California, a peer-to-peer car-sharing bill has passed out of committee and is headed to the Assembly floor in May. A new site called RelayRides is launching person-to-person car-sharing in the Baltimore and Boston areas. And in the UK, WhipCar says peer-to-peer rentals area available across the country.