Car-Pooling Makes a Surge on Apps and Social Media

NY Times – Ride-sharing and car-pooling, it seems, are having a moment in the United States after many fits and starts. “It’s been a tough sell in the U.S. for a long time,” said David Burwell, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “A lot is due to not only the fact that people have different places they want to go, but also safety and other concerns about going into a car with strangers.” What is different now, Mr. Burwell said, is the advancement of digital technology and social networking, “which removed a significant amount of barriers.”