Unlocking Shared Mobility – Investigating free-flow parking for car-sharing in Australia

  • Harris, Susan (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Dodson, Jago (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Taylor, Liz (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ryan, Stacey (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Taylor, Andy (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Borlace, Mark (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Silva, Luisiana Paganelli (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

There is increasingly intense competition for kerb-side space; parking and road-side infrastructure management is a complex challenge in most jurisdictions so working to better understand and improve current parking arrangements will be tackling a range of high priority issues for local and state governments, businesses, and our growing urban and regional centres.

The current, round trip, Car share services in Australia are proven to reduce the use of motor vehicles and can also increase the use of public transport, cycling, and walking. This transport mode enables a reduction in pressure on network capacity resulting from population growth and cars owned by residents, which in turn reduces the number of cars competing for parking and driving space. Impressively this can all be achieved at a minimal cost to government and councils and other agencies charged with managing transport networks and parking.

Free-floating car sharing services (FFCS) have been introduced in a range of jurisdictions internationally as an additional option to round trip car sharing. FFCS removes the need for the shared vehicle to have a specific parking spot, most commonly allocated by a Local Government Authority, negotiated with the car-share provider. FFCS allows users to pick up and return cars anywhere within specified areas of a city.

While a seemingly simple proposal, whereby a customer can collect a vehicle through their member app and pay-per-km to a destination of their choice, and park it where another member of the car-share program can share it, this can be a surprisingly complicated process to enable, and can cause public backlash, as seen with free floating bike share.

This project will work with key stakeholders in academia, government, industry, and the community to better understand the current parking challenges and work towards a solution that enables the wider availability and usability of car-share services.
Effective start/end date1/11/1922/09/20


  • RMIT University