Will Ride-Sharing Apps Replace Car Ownership? | Forbes

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Will ride-sharing apps like SideCar and Lyft replace car ownership?

If services like SideCar and Lyft become trusted and easy to use, will people, especially city dwellers, ditch their cars and just catch rides everywhere? In other words, will smart phones replace cars? It’s no small question. Auto manufacturers could be affected. Cities could have less congestion and traffic–and be organized differently. Pollution could be improved with less cars on the roads. Since World War II, American society has been organized around the automobile in eating, working and entertainment, says SideCar CEO Sunil Paul. But with more services like SideCar, and if people could get used to ride shares and car shares (from startups such as RelayRides and Getaround), that could change.

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