On-demand car services tap into the potential of unused vehicles and uses digital platforms and smart apps to allow individuals to sell rides to people requiring transportation. Typical examples are Uber and Lyft, which have grown exponentially through their mastery of digital dispatching platforms. These solutions contribute to convenience and may have an effect on congestion, though the evidence is far from conclusive.
But why include a middleman at all? Carpooling allows people to share their personal cars for commuting at their own convenience. More and more apps are helping broker this sharing. Carpooling lowers commuting costs for individuals, and improves congestion while continuing to provide the convenience of point-to-point transportation. Increasingly, the ecosystem of on-demand car services and carpooling offers options for non-drivers such as seniors, low-income families, and minors without licenses.