When Ebay launched in 1995, many expected it to tank. Who in their right minds would want to buy used items from strangers? Today, Ebay.com is the biggest auction site on the web.
WhipCar and RelayRides are 2 new online services that face similar cynicism. The services offer users a local network to rent their cars to total strangers. But would people would want to rent their cars, when not being used, to total strangers?
WhipCar, based in London, launched on April 21st and RelayRides, based in Boston, Massachusetts, is slated to start-up early this summer.
These services are a token to the changing face of the Internet (and its growing role in our lives). What might have seemed unthinkable yesterday, or strange today, may be the norm of tomorrow.