Af­ter decades of peo­ple re­gard­ing their cars as ex­ten­sions of their per­son­al­i­ties, the level of emo­tional at­tach­ment is be­gin­ning to fade

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That’s how in­dus­try ex­perts are in­ter­pret­ing the grow­ing trend of car-shar­ing, with es­ti­mates that by 2030, one in ev­ery 10 cars sold will be a shared ve­hi­cle.

Car-shar­ing is al­ready be­ing pi­o­neered in Cape Town through ugomy­, an app cre­ated by soft­ware de­vel­op­ers Chris Megan and Carl Cronje. The app lets peo­ple cre­ate a pro­file, en­ter their lo­ca­tion and des­ti­na­tion, the days and times they make that trip, and whether they want to drive or be a pas­sen­ger. Al­go­rithms then trawl the database to show up to 30 matches with the least de­vi­a­tion from the re­quired route and users can con­tact each other via a What­sapp-style chat.

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