Uber and Lyft are Online driving placement services, pushing with great Power in European markets and also to Germany. They advertise with a great Vision about the future of mobility In cities, the private car ownership for many will be superfluous, the volume of traffic is declining. The calculation is part of that, at least, private trips, go for the search of a Parking lot on it. The are in German inner cities up to a third of the Mileage.

Winand von Petersdorff-Campen

Economics correspondent in Washington.

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The Problem with this Vision is that you will not bring agreement with the facts easily. In a study of the transportation expert Bruce Schaller comes to the conclusion that in the nine most important American cities for Uber and Lyft, the traffic increased and not decreased. Even in America, available services such as Uber Pool, where multiple passengers share rides, compacted the traffic, Schaller found out.

According to its analysis, the services to displace in the first place, private journeys: Around 60 percent of the passengers in the densely-populated centers of large cities would have taken a Bus, a train, or the Bicycle, had gone on foot, or had waived on the way without the Uber-Option. All of these Alternatives would have relieved the traffic. Only 40 percent had taken place About either your own car or a normal Taxi.

In New York, more and more people to ride Uber than U-Bahn

Nine Metropolitan regions for 70 percent of the Uber – and Lyft-transport responsible. According to calculations by Schaller’s, the used to be traffic planners of the city of New York, there are now more people with Uber, Lyft or Taxis as public transport.

argue The taxi services, they were only at the beginning of a great change in the mobility, at the end less driven car is to put kilometres of beech. This is quite possible, especially since the services are now joined in the business with rental bicycles and small motorised scooters (not to be confused with a Vespa). However, at least private people in the cities do not believe so right in the great Revolution.

More money in your pocket, more cars on the road

on The contrary, In American cities, in which the travel intermediary from the Silicon Valley were particularly active, households have more cars than eight years ago. That was the time that started the Uber and Lyft the mobility revolution. In five of these cities the number of vehicles is according to the analysis increased faster than the population has grown.