[ rahyd-shair-ing ]
/ ˈraɪdˌʃɛər ɪŋ /
adjective Also ride·share.
of or relating to the sharing of rides or transportation, especially among commuters: The agency was set up to devise a ridesharing program.
of or relating to a car service with which a person uses a smartphone app to arrange a ride in a usually privately owned vehicle.
an act or instance of sharing rides or transportation, especially by commuters: A statewide campaign to encourage ridesharing would reduce overcrowding on the highways.
a car service with which a person can use a smartphone app to arrange a ride in a usually privately owned vehicle.
Also ride·hail·ing [rahyd-hey-ling] /ˈraɪdˌheɪ lɪŋ/ (for defs 2, 4).
The more recent meaning of the term ridesharing , related to using a mobile app to book a ride in a usually privately owned vehicle, arose in the context of another recently coined term, the sharing economy , in which digital technology assists in the exchange of goods or services, often in a noncash transaction as through barter. Some people have questioned applying the term sharing to commercial ride-booking services. Though most of these commercial services also offer users the option of sharing a ride and its cost with other passengers, the alternate term ridehailing has been proposed as a more appropriate designation for these businesses.
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