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Car ownership may have once been a necessity, but it may soon prove obsolete


Some Americans are ditching their cars for ride services, according to Reuters

A poll published on Thursday by Reuters/Ipsos found about one fourth of Americans in the last year have either sold or traded their vehicle. Of that group, 9 percent turned to Lyft, Uber and other services as their main form of transportation. About the same percentage of people planned to do the same in the next year. 

The results could be an early sign of more people opting to use ride services as opposed to owning a car. But, it's difficult to say whether these results signal a trend, since Reuters has never conducted a study prior to this one.

Representatives from both Lyft and Uber seemed to accept the results, with Lyft's director of transportation policy Emily Castor, saying it was "early evidence" that owning a car may be unnecessary. Uber's head of transportation policy and research Andrew Salzberg agreed that he's seen similar evidence. 

"It's not the predominant trend, but there are a significant number of people who have changed their lifestyle, if you will, and are now relying much more on ride services than their own car," transportation consultant Bruce Schiller.

The poll was conducted in the beginning of April and surveyed over 500 people who had ditched their vehicle in the last year and over 500 who planned to in the future.

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