Honeycomb Model v1.0 – Transportation
We find this area to be interesting because it involves using a resource that some people don’t have the same level of access to. So, not only is there a benefit of sharing, but it also reduces the carbon footprint on the environment. What can be better than that? Well, many things, but check this out: it might also help you save money as you’re splitting gas/resources between multiple people, which brings it a step closer to answering the “What can be better?” question with “nothing”.
If you take the example of Lyft, BlaBlaCar or Car2Go, you can meet someone that might have the same commute as you and possibly establish a friendship. Furthermore, if this is in the U.S., you could use the car pool lane on the roads, which is beneficial for both the driver and the user of the service.
On the other hand, as with everything else, there are some disadvantages here too. For instance, there is some concern with the security of this sector as you’re getting into a transportation vehicle with someone that you don’t know. Not to scare anyone, but there have been stories of people getting kidnapped or robbed, so the element of trust between you and the service providers plays a major role here – if you want to protect yourself from becoming a part of the horror stories, that is.
To sum up, with the increasing concerns of the environment, as well as the increase in expenses of transportation, the use of available extra capacity is beneficial to the overall population. We think that we can definitely expect more companies to get into this area, especially in urban geographies.
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