I include in this blog a video about the luxury train Andean Explorer which gets to circulate at the height of 4.000 m. In this recording of a private person, I like especially the fact that it reflects the view of a traveller through such an extraordinary society as is the Andina, but from the bubble of a upscale train.
Source: YouTube (Amesh2009)
The division between public-collective transport and private-restricted transport is currently diluting itself, as means of transport appear that transcend the traditional ways. Now there is not only the taxi; the shared car; the public cycling or the car-sharing have overcome this segmentation between the private and public; between the individual or restricted and the collective. Those are changes that have been supported by the evolution of the new information technologies and they are changing our perception of accessibility and connectivity between persons. More and more the social networks are converting themselves in socializing structures which amplify our capacity to get to know far away people and places. These new digital contacts are people with whom we share determined spaces and services in places which facilitate our communication. We should not be surprised about the symbiosis between the social applications and the transport services which need Twitter or Facebook. 91 % of the accesses to internet with a mobile phone are carried out to realize socialization actions (source: www.whybrand.com). Sometimes it’s the transport companies themselves which create their own communication channels in order to facilitate this necessity to get to know each other and to generate sufficient confidence to share the journey with “the other”.
In infographies as for example the one published by www.futureofcaresharing.com the current situation about new ways to share transport means is shown (something that already existed but in a much more rudimentary form, via the traditional communication “mouth to ear”). Today we have different forms to share things in internet which we will see by means of some examples of different infographies:
Peer to Peer (P2P):
Where the owners of cars which they want to rent and drivers who are willing to pay a rent to drive them are made to coincide in the market. Examples are: Whipcar, Relay Rides, Wheelz, Getaround…Organizations which promote the use of a shared car appear like Carsharing.com, Bluemove, Carsharing, which establish contact channels by which they reach agreements on a private basis, which allows people to travel together through mutual interest; or another variant which we can find in the nautical field with Findacrew.net. There are also multiple applications to share information of interest for the drivers like Waze, very much used to localize petrol promotions, information about traffic congestions, accidents, the state of the roads…this information is growing and it is updated by the users themselves.
Business to consumer (B2C):
Refers itself to companies owners of vehicles which facilitate the interchange between its members, its employees or its clients, such as the car producers Peugot, SEAT, BMW, renting companies like Hertz…and car-sharing companies like Zipcar, GoGet…
Not for profit (NFP):
These are organizations without purpose of gain which facilitate the interchange of cars to change the habits of mobility, for example City Car Share, I-Go Chicago, Philly Car Share…
In order not to elaborate too widely in this post I would like to touch only very shortly the systems to share information Machine to machine (M2M). Intelligent mobility services based on Cloud-computing architectures for companies whose employees have a high mobility ratio with a large necessity of coordination, security and control, examples are: AddFleet, Bixpe de Abbanza, the Getaround mentioned above can also be included in this group…
Currently, many people not only connect themselves by personal computer or laptop, but the new mobile devices have achieved that internet travels with us and in turn is changing our mobility depending on the degree of our connectivity. When we hold devices in our hands that permit us to keep talking to our acquaintances, that keep us busy and informed, those devises are changing our perception of the time we need for travelling. Internet modifies the paradigm of “the other” while we are moving, because while on the one hand it approaches us to third persons facilitating us contact in a virtual socialization, on the other hand it shuts us up in a bubble which isolates us from the people at close range to us with whom we are sharing the itinerary. Currently we are making a reinterpretation of the public spaces in which we move – both real and virtual. Are we aware of this change?