The sector of transportation and mobility services is one of the most affected by the rise of the so-called sharing economy. Companies like Uber and Lyft have tried to revolutionize the way people move in urban spaces, adopting more flexible and dynamic pricing strategies and challenging the preexisting regulatory system from several viewpoints.
This forced regulators to understand how to cope with the emergence of new technological and organizational forms of service provision, starting from the problem of how to properly define and legally classify the activities of digital platforms. Another key issue is represented by the employment relationship between platforms and drivers: are they employees or independent contractors?
Different answers across different countries and legal systems have been given to this question. Finally, car sharing companies offering people the possibility to autonomously move without being forced to own a car are contributing to make the mobility sector one of the most interesting and lively spheres of market revolution and transition towards a potentially smart and interconnected system of urban services.