More people hanging up their keys and opting for ridesharing

Car ownership could be on a downward trend with more people turning to ride sharing as their primary means of transportation, according to a new survey.

A poll in the United States revealed nine percent of people surveyed had turned their backs on cars for good and opted to use ride sharing instead.

A further nine percent of people said they were planning on giving up the keys within the next 12 months.

Although it was only a small percentage, some experts said it could be early evidence more consumers believed ride sharing could replace vehicle ownership.

Interestingly, the survey showed 39 percent had used ridesharing services and 27 percent did so at least several times per week.

Companies, like Ford, have said it was getting ready for changes in technology, including self-driving cars and ride sharing services.

“Those are the factors that are driving our move into being both an auto and a mobility company,” Ford spokesman Alan Hall said.

RACQ’s Renee Smith said Australian Bureau of Statistics research echoed the overseas study, showing Queenslanders were driving less kilometres each year.

“The reality is mobility is changing and owning a vehicle in the traditional sense may not be the way of the future, particularly if you live in the city,” Ms Smith said.

“We do still believe even with a lot of development in autonomous cars and ridesharing or car sharing services, there will still be a place for privately owned vehicles in Queensland for many years to come.”