Uber and Lyft Causing Americans to Give up Cars, Poll Finds


Car sharing and hailing services like Uber and Lyft have taken the world by storm. The vision of urban mobility where fewer people own a car and yet still get to drive one from point A to point B is apparently very appealing in the US, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. So appealing in fact, that some of those people are ditching their cars in favor of the services.

About 25 percent of American adults have sold or traded in a vehicle in the last 12 months, the opinion poll found. Nine percent of those adults didn’t buy a new car, but instead opted for ride services like Lyft and Uber. About the same amount of people who didn’t ditch their car said they were planning to do in the next 12 months.

According to Emily Castor, Lyft’s Director of Transportation Policy, the survey is “early evidence that the vision of a world where personal car ownership was unnecessary is taking hold”, Castor told Reuters. And Uber confirmed that they have seen similar trends, albeit not having conducted a poll of their own.

The survey also reveals just how many people are using rides services in the US. 39 percent of Americans had done so at some point, with 27 percent saying they use such services at least several times per week. You might think that the automobile industry is fighting this trend, but many companies are actually working together with services like Uber and Lyft. Daimler and GM have invested heavily into both and Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have unveiled concept vehicles that revolve around the idea of hailing and sharing vehicles.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-rideservices-poll-idUSKBN18L1DA
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