A recent poll by Reuters/Ipsos (another article here about it) asked people selling their cars (nearly one quarter of Americans during this last year) why they were selling. Of these people, 9 percent said they were explicitly doing so because they were now using services such as Lyft and Uber as their primary means of transportation. A similar percentage said they would be selling additional cars and rely on these types of services for transportation within the following 12 months.
While these percentages are small, it could be early evidence of a trend towards less car ownership and truly having mobility as a service take hold. The ramifications of reduced car ownership and increased use of ride-hailing services are tremendous – large reductions in automobile production, reduction of parking requirements, potential increases in density as the need for parking diminishes, wholesale redevelopment of parking – especially in suburban areas (think of completely redesigning every strip mall in America…).
Recent conversations we have been having with consultants and developers is already pointing in this direction. Parking use is starting to dip – especially in larger venues as more and more people turn to Lyft and Uber. Change is coming.