In its first 8 months in operation in Los Angeles, uberPOOL took 7.9 million miles off the roads and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 1,400 metric tons. In fact, according to Uber co-found Travis Kalanick, 100,000 new people are carpooling through Uber every week in Los Angeles. In China, Uber is doing 15 million uberPOOL carpools per month.
Available in more than 200 cities in the United States and almost 500 cities worldwide, uberPOOL allows riders to share their ride with other going to similar destinations. When “hailing” their Uber cab using the smart phone app, riders enter their destinations and allow the app to sort out their carpool. Riders split the cab and save on their fare – and, by grouping travelers together, Uber is able to get more people into fewer cars.
In his TED2016 talk, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick talk about how we could “reclaim our cities starting today” by turning every car into a shared mode of transportation. He discusses the exponential growth of uberPOOL in urban areas and how their company envisions turning commuter cars into shared cars in suburban areas around the world.
One can view his talk for free here or on the TED website. The first 10:31 of the video features Kalanick’s formal remarks and is followed by a structured Q&A.
TED - which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design - is a nonprofit "devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks." It began in 1984 and now shares hundreds of talks for free on the internet across topics from science to business and beyond.