- 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).
Origin of ridesharing
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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Examples from the Web for ridesharing
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This would ruin the ridesharing business model for many drivers to the benefit of the traditional taxi industry.
That would help demonstrate that ridesharing and clearly delineated liability are fully compatible.