The web sharing economy is booming in the crowded streets of Paris


Walk down one of the narrow streets of Paris and there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon one of the world’s most sophisticated car-sharing networks. The Autolib electric car system — marked by the tiny, boxy electric Bluecars and the neon-hued electric car chargers — is run by a public-private partnership and currently has some 65,000 users and a goal to have 3,000 cars available this year.

But Autolib isn’t even the biggest car-sharing network in Paris. That would be the one created by upstart Drivy, which has around 10,000 cars and 115,000 users, according to Drivy’s CEO and founder Paulin Dementhon. The three-year-old Drivy, like its American peers Getaround and RelayRides, has created a platform that enables car owners to rent out their own cars to local drivers.

Drivy is one of an estimated nine car-sharing companies operating in Paris. The competition has gotten fierce enough that recently…

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