>> More and more Americans are opting for ride services and ditching their own cars. I'm Reuters' San Francisco Bureau Chief, Peter Henderson, and I'm in a Lyft, and I'm not the only one. These days, a lot of people are taking ride services, and a new poll by Reuters/Ipsos shows that about 39% of Americans have tried a ride service like Lyft or Uber, and that a quarter of that group uses it daily or several times a week.
We also found that a surprising number of people are getting in these cars and staying in them. Not forever, but they just find that they don't need their own car. About a quarter of Americans gave up their car in the last 12 months. Whether they sold it, traded it in, gave it away, most of them went ahead and just got a new car.
But about 9% said that they now rely primarily on ride services like Uber and Lyft to get around. One man I spoke with paid more than $800 a month to keep his car in New York. Now, he's paying about 250 to take a combination of car shares, ride services, and he also does a bike share.
He says it's a lot cheaper. He says it's also a big worry off his mind. Researchers we spoke with say that this is really just the beginning of the trend. What they do say, though, is that with the sharing economy being everywhere, it's a lot easier for people, especially in big cities, to ditch their car because they can have so many different options.
The car services companies, Lyft and Uber, both say that the poll has evidence that the type of world they want is coming to be. One executive I spoke to at Lyft said that their view of the world is that no one should own a personal car, and that this data shows we're driving in that direction.