One of the challenges for us when we moved to Auckland is the lack of a means of transportation. We have been in a situation where there are a few setbacks realized:
- I haven’t got a driving license. (Still sitting on a plan to work it out)
- G has got his driving license; however, he’s not yet familiar with the driving-on-the-left practice (as opposed to driving-on-the-right in Vietnam). Plus, he’s not confident about the use of signs and signals here, yet.
- G has started work pretty much immediately after we’ve got here, so we’ve almost had no time to settle that before his work commenced
- Both I and G haven’t bought a single car in our lives. We are apprehensive. And we are taking our own sweet time to do research as well as get advice from friends here.
During the last couple of weeks, I have walked to almost every appointments, meetings, work, events and hang-outs within the city area. I’ve been to landmarks in the CBD, Ponsonby, New Market, Parnell, Mt. Eden… on all my feet. Thanks to Google Maps, my life has certainly been simplified. However, that doesn’t mean I was never getting lost. I like to fondly think of my walking regime in such a way that if I could keep track of how many kms I have already walked around in Auckland, it might as well be the same distance that I could walk to the moon. Google should seriously consider a function which remembers the distance a user walks from point A to point B when one searches for a route, and even accumulates the distance that that user goes off the track when he’s lost.
In the first few weeks when I was still agonizing about the idea of having no means of transportation, I wish there was an AirBnB for vehicles. It all started with my observation that my housemates both own a car each. However, the cars were seldom in use. Reason is for one, his office is a 5-minute walking distance from home and for the other, she works only a few hours a week.
I didn’t ask to borrow their cars for my own navigation (as I don’t have a driving license anyways) but as I thought about it, I figure they could actually rent out their cars when they don’t need them, which could earn them some extra pocket money.
The idea quite resembles one of AirBnB doesn’t it? You’ve got a room that you can spare, rent it out.
So I contemplate the idea for a while, toying with the possibilities of securities, thefts, law and all stuff that I don’t want to encounter when I put myself in the shoes of someone who has a car and wants to spare it.
Obviously, I was overthinking when ‘it’ has actually existed already. I don’t quite remember which leads me to yourdrive.co.nz yesterday and here you go, exactly what I envision an AirBnB for cars, and potentially motorbikes and bicycles.
In a blink of eye, I found myself hopeful. Clearly, the hope is not associated with the fact that there is existing a platform for instant car accessibility and now I can rest assured that whenever I feel the pain again, there is a solution.
But it is more of ‘hey, my idea is totally not out of the world. Somebody has proved it.’. *biggrin.