The Impact of the Rideshare Revolution
How does Ridesharing Affect You?
It’s not a new concept, but a concept that has taken off in popularity with technological advances. The Rideshare, a means of using someone else’s vehicle to get to where you want. For decades it has been done with the use of taxis and carpooling. Today, we have other means like Uber, Lyft, and other cars that are designed to be quick rentals for zipping around town.
The ideas are great, and as they become more popular big cities with heavy traffic will have the best experience. Traffic jams will lessen, emissions will be lowered, and driving can once again be a comfortable and pleasant experience instead of an irritating or rage-inducing one.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we want to make sure that you’re on top of the latest news, and we want to make sure you know how these changes can end up affecting you.
Carpooling in the 21st Century
Nearly everyone has carpooled at some point in their life. It’s a great way to reduce the miles put on your vehicle, save time, and eliminate stress. In the past it was a bit of a chore to drum up the people needed to carpool. Today, with a variety of apps that can link you up with the rider closest to you, that stressor is gone.
Washington DC, Chicago, and New York already have that app in place. Via is an app that links you up with people that are nearby and going the same direction as you. It’s not 100% carpooling, although you can then make that personal connection and perhaps ultimately build a relationship that ends in a carpooling agreement. This app, however, allows you to pay the other driver for the privilege of jumping in with them.
As cities get bigger, and more crowded, other apps like this are expected to pop up and help alleviate congestion. If it comes to Billings, or if you happen to live in these three cities, make sure that your insurance is up-to-date; if you’re in a wreck while providing a ride for money, you may not be covered.
Hailing a Ride to Avoid Driving
For longer than cars have existed, taxis have. The natural progression moved from horse drawn carriage to the automobile, as many people that want to get somewhere don’t have transportation that they own. Within the past decade the idea has been revolutionized with services like Lyft and Uber that allow people to use their private automobiles to give rides to others.
The issue, however, is that not all rides are treated equally. A ride that may cost $25 with Uber is only $20 with Lyft and perhaps $15 via cab. For the time being, you have to check both the Uber and Lyft apps, and call the cab companies to determine who is going to have the most economical method of getting you to where you want to go. Soon, however, that will change.
Already sweeping the Asian market is an app called Grab. Over there it is partnered with Uber, Lyft, and the cab companies, and with all in one source you can quickly see who is offering the quickest ride for the least money. Pay in one place, see all the options in one place, and streamline your life. It’s slowly moving its way to the US, but the app already boasts over 6 million rides a day.
When it gets here the Grab app is going to make life a whole lot easier for those who love having options on how to travel.
Self-Driving Vehicles of Tomorrow
Self-driving vehicles have been around for a little while now, but they’re making big headway with Tesla pushing them harder than ever. The problem, however, is that these vehicles aren’t 100% accident free (yet). Don’t worry if you’re in the business of providing rides; current estimates show that the robots won’t take your job until at least the year 2040.
In the meantime, autonomous vehicles are gaining popularity and becoming more frequent on the road. As they are perfected, and become safer, it’s not unlikely that insurance costs will go down. You’re less likely to be in an accident if an accident free drone is steering your rig.
Remember the movie Minority Report? Every vehicle is carefully coded into the system so that travel is incredibly fast, and you don’t even get the option to steer yourself. Big cities may someday see this as a reality. Banning human drivers and relying completely on computers will streamline everything… until the computers crash or a hacker uses them for evil.
What You Can Expect from the Future of Rideshare
If you’re under the age of 50, it’s very likely that all of these things will become reality long before you’re too old to remember them. But we still have a couple of decades before any sweeping changes have gone through (at least with autonomous vehicles). In the meantime, carpooling and hailing a ride from cabs, Lyft, Uber, or whoever else pops up will become more popular.
Ideally, we can see the number of accidents decrease. But if you are in an accident, whether you’re driving yourself or you’re driving someone else, bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center. We have expertly trained technicians that can restore your rig to full factory safety standards. Call us at 406-259-6328 to schedule an appointment.