Sharing economy is on the rise

The number of users of sub-apps like Uber, Airbnb and Lyft will grow substantially in the coming period, expects PricewaterhouseCoopers. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of these applications, especially because they can save money. A thousand (American) adults were interviewed for the study

The number of users of sub-apps like Uber, Airbnb and Lyft will grow substantially in the coming period, expects PricewaterhouseCoopers. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of these applications, especially because they can save money.

A thousand (American) adults were interviewed for the study. 19 percent of Americans have already participated in the sharing economy, especially in the age of 18 to 24 years. 43 percent is even a big burden, so sharing makes life more bearable.

Entertainment and media are most shaken by the sharing economy. Consumers see digital goods as music and games less as possession. But the car industry also sees the influence. The number of people who own cars has fallen in the last ten years.

The research bureau therefore thinks that a lot of money will be pumped into the sharing economy in the coming years. It is now worth some $ 15 billion, but could grow to 335 billion by 2025. It is important, however, that companies that offer such services generate confidence among their customers.

Also figures about the Dutch market. The share of Dutch people using car sharing, car trips or business car sharing is still very small, GfK announced last week. User percentages vary from 0.5 percent for car travel to 1.2 percent of employees who use a mobility budget through the employer.

The unfamiliarity with the new forms of car use is an important cause for the limited use, as is the still low level of willingness to enter. The concept of car sharing or car sharing is already fairly well established.

A relatively large number of Dutch people say they may use the aforementioned forms of new cars in the coming years. 13 percent think they might call up a new taxi service via an app in the coming years.