Zipcar Profits (none)

Shareable: Should Products Be Designed for Sharing?: On the eve of Zipcar’s IPO, with profitability riding on driving down the cost of their fleet of designed to be owned cars, it’s time to ask whether products should be designed to be shared.  Zipcar has shown that running a car-sharing business with traditional cars isn’t cheap. […]

Cloudonomics and Zipcars

An interesting post on “cloudonomics” The 10 Laws of Cloudonomics – GigaOM Many of the ideas are familiar to those who study transportation systems. As noted previously, I have been thinking about “cloud commuting”, we should consider what already is a “cloud” in transportation, and that is the network. The network is provided not by […]

Zipcar Take 3

I used the Zipcar for the 3rd time this morning. The second time was a week ago. We had a problem, the zipcard could not unlock the zipcar (Element Estelle) (all cars are alliteratively named for their models. Fortunately when I called, they were able to unlock the adjacent car for me (Matrix McKenna), which […]


Prior to leaving for London we sold our second car to cash up for the trip. On return, we had two children, two drivers and one car. As I usually walk to work, this is normally fine, but on occassion one has offsite meetings. For this Zipcar and other car sharing programs offer an alternative. […]

Access by Nice Ride |

Cross-posted at Access by Nice Ride Access by Nice Ride by David Levinson on April 21, 2014 in Bicycling I took my first Nice Ride last week. I had ridden a bicycle before, and I had used bike rental before (though not one of the modern automated systems), and I had used transportation vehicle “sharing” before (see e.g. ZipCar and Car2Go with mixed […]

CNN 10 Ideas: Self-Driving Cars

I get quoted by Todd Leopold of CNN for one of their  10 Ideas: Self-Driving Cars Yes, flying cars and portable jetpacks are still, for the most part, the province of science fiction. But another popular sci-fi idea, self-driving transportation, is rapidly becoming reality. It’s no secret that Google has been working steadily on an automated […]

Car2Go – A Review (updated)

I am a skeptic of carsharing. I have used Zipcar in the past, but stopped due its inconvenience and cost. Minneapolis has a new system that has gotten good reviews, so upon the urging of some fellow transportationists, I used Car2Go today to go to a meeting at MetroTransit (hoping to maximize irony). I reserved […]

Linklist: March 16, 2012

Two related points, the first from Pedestrian Observations in Surreptitious Underfunding Not all “transit” funding is really for transit and the second from Getting Around Minneapolis in Do Bloomington, don’t mind the Pedestrian Barriers Not all “pedestrian” funding is really for pedestrians. Two related points from San Francisco, where land is scarce: Wired: Scoot Bringing […]