U-Rent it: Car sharing joins the social web (or hive?)

EcoMashâ„¢ looks at the newest trend in car sharing

First she helped create Zipcar, now Robin Chase is working with Mobivia Groupe to roll out Buzzcar in France. It’s all about leveraging excess capacity via smartphone application. In other words, you tap into the hive behavior to rent your car. Peer to peer renting seems to have officially started in England. There are several smaller operations in this country, but many states prohibit the rental of private cars. California recently added a law to allow these companies to do business.

As we rush down the other slope of peak oil, we’ll need systems that allow us to build fewer cars and use them more efficiently. Here in the Hudson Valley, insurance policies will likely prohibit Buzzcar for now.  Of course the problem with a technical solution is that often turns out the solution is ultimately just as unsustainable as the original problem. What do you think? Will a Facebook carshare biz be coming down the pike? Would you rent your vehicle to a total stranger?

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