More users but fewer cars on the road is the estimated end result of the oncoming Transportation as a Service (TaaS) model, according to the Hon. Jennifer M. Granholm. TaaS is an attractive option for those looking for easy, flexible transportation without the hassle or cost of owning a personal vehicle.
During her presentation at 2018’s Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference, Granholm, a former two-term governor of Michigan, cited a 2017 RethinkX transportation study as she shared reasons why TaaS will be cheaper than personal cars by 2030. A self-proclaimed “independent think tank,” RethinkX tackles technology-driven subject matter and its implications for society in general.
TaaS, sometimes called Mobility as a Service (MaaS), refers to widespread deviation away from personal vehicles and towards service-based transportation. This includes rideshare options like Uber and Lyft, e-scooters, bike sharing, and many more.
TaaS has numerous benefits, from economic to social, environmental, and geopolitical. It’s estimated that families will see transportation savings of around $5,600 annually by embracing TaaS. Savings include vehicle registration and maintenance, as well as fuel and parking costs. Further, “TaaS will dramatically lower transportation costs, increase mobility and access to jobs, education, and healthcare…and contribute to cleaner, safer, and more walkable communities,” according to the RethinkX study.
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