Research Projects

Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Activity at Airports: Challenges and Opportunities In Reserve

This research would help airport practitioners understand the peer-to-peer car sharing market and its potential impacts on facilities, operations, and revenue.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Peer-to-peer car-sharing activity continues to grow across the US, but there is no history of how much of this type of activity actually occurs at airports. Peer-to-peer companies allow individuals to make their personal vehicles available for rent by others through an app. It is a potential concern for airports, as it may result in lost revenue, but they have had no success in policing it and in keeping track of how much of it is actually going on. There are many companies that offer this service, including Turo, Getaround, Lyft, Drivy, Zipcar, Car2Go, and several others. These type of companies don't need any on-airport facilities, but because they do divert revenue from airports, airport sponsors may want to know how much of this type of activity occurs today and how much is expected in the future.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The objective of this research is to help airports understand the peer-to-peer car sharing market, develop estimates of its growth at their airport, identify potential facility and financial impacts, and consider options for obtaining revenue from the activity.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

o Conduct stakeholder outreach;

o Develop market share forecasts of peer-to-peer car activity;

o Develop guidance and tools to help airports estimate potential impacts and benefits for their unique situation.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$400,000 based on similar ACRP research projects.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

As this is an emerging trend, little research has been done, particularly in an airport setting.

Idea No. 657