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12 months ago

Ride-sharing tipped to be a $6.5 billion sector by 2020

Ride-sharing brands will see revenues grow to an estimated $6.5 billion within four years, a report into the sharing economy has suggested.

Juniper Research forecasts the $3.3 billion the sector made in 2015 is likely to almost double by 2020 as it expands into new cities and other players emerge to capture some of the pie.

The largest territory will be North America, accounting for almost a third of the $6.5 billion revenues.

Western Europe and Asia-Pacific (not including Far East and China) are forecast to be the next two largest regions.


Despite some difficulties in getting past domestic player Didi Kuaidi, Juniper says Uber is “not without the determination and the means to force its way into new markets”, despite an apparent $1 billion needed in expansion costs for China alone.

In particular, growth for the likes of Uber will be modifying the model slightly when it enters markets with specific new opportunities, such as India and Thailand with their respective motorbike taxi and auto rickshaw economies.

At the accommodation end of the sharing economy spectrum, Juniper estimates that Airbnb et al will grow to an estimated $6.1 billion business by 2019.

The report says:

“Forecast growth in the shared space industry will hold significant concern for the hotel industry, where in many cases shared space providers are not bound by the same rules and regulations as traditional establishments, leading them to undercut pricing and avoid restrictions.”

NB: Ride-sharing image via Shutterstock.

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Kevin May

About the Writer :: Kevin May

Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.

He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about Depeche Mode - in early-2017.



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  1. Peter

    I know the horse has bolted on this, but I really wish Tnooz would make a concerted effort to stop using the “sharing economy” phrase incorrectly. It does a disservice to the real sharing economy.

    Actual sharing economy = Blablacar, Couchsurfing, Freecycle, LETS, etc.
    Not actually sharing at all = Uber, AirBnb, Ebay, etc.

    This has to stop somewhere. Otherwise my kids will start wanting to be paid when I ask them to share their cookies. 😉

    • Kevin May

      Kevin May

      @peter – sorry for your disappointment… Why is couchsurfing included in your definitive list, but not Airbnb?


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