Car Shar­ing

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China will sup­port the coun­try’s boom­ing car-shar­ing in­dus­try and stan­dard­ize its de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial guide­lines re­leased on Au­gust 8.

Un­like tra­di­tional car-rental ser­vices, car-shar­ing ser­vices take ad­van­tage of new tech­nolo­gies such as global po­si­tion­ing and mo­bile In­ter­net. Such ser­vices im­prove user ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fer an al­ter­na­tive for urban com­mut­ing, eas­ing grow­ing de­mand for pri­vate cars and park­ing space, ac­cord­ing to guide­lines re­leased jointly by the Min­istry of Trans­port and the Min­istry of Hous­ing and Urban-ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

Car-shar­ing com­pa­nies should im­prove their ser­vices by check­ing the iden­tity of users care­fully and op­ti­miz­ing the sup­ply of cars by us­ing big data anal­y­sis, ac­cord­ing to the guide­lines. Com­pa­nies are en­cour­aged to use a credit-based model to eval­u­ate the re­li­a­bil­ity of users in­stead of re­quir­ing them to pay guar­an­tee de­posits.

In terms of park­ing, pub­lic park­ing lots in shop­ping cen­ters and large res­i­den­tial ar­eas are en­cour­aged to of­fer space for shared cars. Com­pa­nies are also en­cour­aged to use new en­ergy ve­hi­cles as shared cars, with sup­port given for charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

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