One More Thing The Internet Could Disrupt – Car Ownership and Sales

Here we go – I’m back on this blog after a long hiatus.

And it’s Fred again (he’s good at this) – making me share a “vision” I had a few days ago. The idea is probably in the heads of other people for some time already without me knowing (see Fred’s reply to my comment).

Here is what I posted as a comment on Fred’s post:

How about transforming the car ownership into an investment type of thing.

Imagine people being able to lend their own cars for the times they are not using them. Or even making a small business out of owning a few cars. Everybody sets their own prices.

Think of Zipcar – but without the centralized ownership of the cars.

Think of an Internet platform (could be open source… or even at the level of a protocol may be) which supports the data and logic for such a distributed environment.

Imagine the effects of a dynamic price competition for a short term leased transportation… not to speak of the long term disruption of the car sales market… not to speak of all the “green” goodness coming out of it.

The hardware could be developed and sold by any vendor.

This thread was interesting too:

…something could be done on a smaller (local) scale… then made easily replicable as a setup… and then all such nodes could be connectable… and we’d have a bottom up movement.

In fact, Zipcar could open up their platform – and become the Goggle/AdSense of cars. Scott Griffith, do you read my blog.