What is Carsharing? And do we live in a Carsharing industry?
Definition of Carsharing:
Carsharing is primarily designed for shorter time and shorter distance trips as an extension of the transportation network, providing a public service designed to enhance mobility options. This is attractive to customers who make only occasional use of a vehicle, as well as others who would like occasional access to a vehicle of a different type than they use day-to-day.
The organization renting the cars may be a commercial business or the users may be organized as a company, public agency, cooperative, or ad hoc grouping. Carsharing is part of a larger trend of shared mobility. Shared mobility includes all modes of travel that offer short-term access to transportation on an on-needed basis either for personal transportation or goods delivery. Source: carsharing.org and sharedusemobilitycenter.org
Carsharing in Denmark
In Denmark, the platform GoMore allows you to catch a ride with a driver or owner of a car. For example, a normal average sized 5 seater family car can have space for 4 other passenger besides the driver. Thus, allowing the driver or owner of the car to earn money (or splitting the transportation costs) while going to a destination they were already planning on going by picking up people headed that way as well.
These people headed to the same place as you and roughly around the same time and also paying for their “share” of the ride would be a fraction what it would cost for a bus, train or plane ticket.
Carsharing benefits individuals who can gain the benefits of private cars without having costs and responsibilities associated with car ownership. Instead a household accesses a fleet of vehicles on an as-needed basis. Carsharing may be thought of as organized short-term car rental.
How does Carsharing work with AutoPi?
The AutoPi as able to reduce some of the concerns and obstacles with short term car sharing, through its many features. The “parental control” feature which entails the curfew and geofencing capabilities complements the need and specific aspects of the Carsharing industry. In today’s Carsharing industry, if a private person want to use one of the many platforms to lease out their car or share it with, for example, GoMore, the AutoPi dongle is useful in how it is utilized to keep a continuous status update and diagnostic running on the vehicle in question.
A geofence is a way of setting up rules based on the geographical location of the vehicle. This is very useful if you want to setup rules within a specific area. Or the other way around, if you want to forbid access to certain areas. An example of using geofences could be:
- Sound buzzer in car if geofence is breached
- Speak text in car if geofence is breached (using a voice translator i.e. Google Voice API), like “Geo-fence breached, please return to allowed area”
For example: In a scenario where you use one of the Carsharing platforms to rent out your car, you could with the AutoPi Dongle use the geofencing feature to ensure that the your vehicle do not leave the geographical location you have limited it to without your knowledge, therefore ensuring that your vehicle is limited to a specific area.
A curfew is a way of limit the use of the vehicle, based on time. You could limit the use of the car to daytime only. An example could be:
Curfew between 11PM and 7AM. Speak text in car if curfew is in less than 30 minutes
Data flow in the AutoPi
The image below gives an overview of how the flow of information is between all systems and how they work together:
We hope this has given you an idea of what the AutoPi is capable of in regards to Carsharing and leasing out your vehicle in short term sharing.