Carsharing sits within the emerging class of ‘mobility services’ that draw on modern technology to enable access to car-based mobility without the consumer owning the physical asset (a car). In contrast to the traditional format of selling cars to end users, this requires new value propositions, new organisational structures, and new ways of interacting with the public sector.
The worldwide carsharing market today encompasses several million customers. The fleet consists of some tens of thousands of vehicles. Though carsharing activity today is heavily concentrated in industrialised countries, there are a growing number of examples of operations in less-developed
This briefing paper is not intended to comprehensively chronicle carsharing activity; rather it identifies and discusses the set of key industry-level issues.