What does carpooling in the 2010s look like?
Once a major option for commuters, carpooling has fallen from its heights in the 1970s. While only about 10 percent of Americans take it today, down from a 20 percent peak, that doesn’t mean it makes any less sense.
Today, new apps are looking to make it easier to connect people interested in carpooling, and recent popularity of ride-hailing apps offer encouraging signs.
But, the challenge is not the technology. The challenge is human behavior.In order to change the way Americans think about carpooling, services will have to identify and address the key barriers to large-scale change. More information.
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