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A. Researchers Evaluate a New Transportation Technology

Narrator: This is Science Today. The concept of car sharing began in Europe as a way to deal with growing populations and congestion. And now there's great interest in car sharing programs here in the United States. In fact, the University of California, Riverside has become the first university in the country to use electric vehicles in a shared-car project called IntelliShare. Electrical engineer Matt Barth says they're evaluating this new transportation technology.

Barth: Essentially what we're trying to research is how can these shared vehicle systems be successful? The general idea of shared vehicle systems is basically, instead of having everyone have their individual cars to get around, you can use just a set of vehicles that people can share throughout the day.

Narrator: This would ease traffic and in the case of electric vehicles, reduce air pollution. Barth says car sharing is ideal for college campuses and even National Parks.

Barth: Places where a lot of people want to go and they want to get around within that campus or organization. You could just use the dedicated fleet of shared vehicles to get around, so it certainly reduces the parking congestion.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.