The Secretary General of the International Transport Forum has told Smart Highways that shared taxis would dramatically reduce the number of cars needed in cities.
José Viegas spoke to Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux to reiterate his view that the vast majority of journeys could be completed with more than one person in the vehicle.
“We’re not questioning the mobility patterns of the people, just reproduce the same trips but if we organise the mobility of people in such a way that they can share the space within the same vehicles, how many cars would we need still providing a high level of service, and in a solution with only shared taxis we come to a number just below ten per cent, so it is technically do-able,” he said.
Mr Viegas went on to explain that there could be many providers of the shared services, but that it would work best with only one or two “matching” services which link the journey needed to the vehicle which could make it.
And he said that taxi drivers could benefit greatly from this, “it will be relatively easy to find the sweet spot where each passenger pays significantly less but each operator earns significantly more”.
You can hear the whole interview here: