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Blablacar, the pioneer of car-sharing

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Blablacar, the pioneer of car-sharing
Blablacar, the pioneer of car-sharing © Blablacar

In 2004, well before iPhones appeared, the French start-up Covoiturage.fr put car owners in touch with potential passengers online to share long-distance journeys. The company has now become BlaBlaCar, an international platform. It takes a 6-10% cut on transactions and relies mainly on recommendations to ensure trust. With 10 million members in 13 countries, BlaBlaCar has transformed car usage at a time when young people seem to be abandoning driving. Vehicle ownership may no longer be the norm and could be replaced by car sharing. Uber and Lyft are also riding the crest of this trend, with a different model that is closer to taxis.

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