Self-organized ridesharing: Multiperspective annotated review

Sharon Shoshany Tavory, Tamar Trop, Yoram Shiftan

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Most cars traversing the roads for commuting purposes travel as single-occupant vehicles, generating externalities in the form of congestion, pollution, and vehicle-miles traveled. A relatively efficient and sustainable transportation option for addressing these concerns is ridesharing—the practice of sharing a car with other passengers, free-of-charge, or expense sharing. The history of ridesharing spans more than a century and includes different initiatives, some offered by official authorities and some arising from spontaneous bottom-up self-organization. This article presents a qualitative multidata-source review aimed at exploring the knowledge base of self-organized ridesharing. The review reveals that: (1) the literature mainly treats self-emergent ridesharing as separate occurrences; (2) these cases have repeated forms, attributes, and influencing factors; (3) practice theory combined with additional framing theories, mainly grassroots innovation (GI), multilevel perspective (MLP), and sharing economy (SE), have the potential to collectively explain some of these cases; and (4) emergence processes and local context hold the key to the success of these cases, yet this is seldom captured in research. The review offers insights into existing self-emerging cases and demonstrates the applicability of findings in analyzing a particular case. It identifies future work required to establish repeated patterns, or a meta-type, capturing self-organized ridesharing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-279
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Transportation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 3 Feb 2020

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  • Communities
  • ridesharing
  • self-organization
  • sharing economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation


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