A major benefit of car-sharing and ride-hailing is that it’s becoming easier for those without cars to get around and for households to reduce the number of cars they own, or eliminate car ownership altogether. Now, there’s a new benefit emerging — the chance for people, both drivers and riders, to experience an electric car. As ride-sharing continues to influence how we get from point A to point B in our communities, leaders in this space, like Lyft, could help accelerate ou
Toyota is hoping to lure in young people that do not yet feel ready to buy a car by instead offering them a new car sharing service in Tokyo. Drive to Go by Toyota is based around a retail store that mixes the functions of a showroom, or a car rental space, with a more relaxed coffee and restaurant concept. The idea behind it is that people can visit the space and completely fuel up before a journey, both in terms of the vehicles and feeling refreshed themselves. Toyota wants
A car-sharing service that brings the vehicle to you has arrived.
Hyundai Capital announced its delivery car-sharing service Deal Car on Sept. 6. The day it was announced, Deal Car was released as an open beta format, with delivery added to pre-existing car-sharing services.
Deal Car is a business model that aims for coexistence. Pre-existing car-sharing services only used cars and garages owned by a single company. Therefore, it was almost impossible for small-sized rent
Volkswagen is hesitating to throw more money into Gett, an Israeli tech company that runs a ride-hailing platform for taxis. Instead, the German automaker may be shifting toward developing an in-house ride-hailing service, reports Bloomberg. VW has already invested $300 million in Gett, but has not decided to commit to the company's latest funding round. That's causing other potential investors to back away, according to Bloomberg. Instead of freelance ride-share drivers, Get
Korean automakers are jumping into the car-sharing business as the sector is quickly becoming a major part of the country’s auto industry.
Hyundai Motor, Korea’s largest automaker, began a free two-month test-drive event for the Kona, the company’s first small-sized sport utility vehicle, on Tuesday. A notable aspect of the promotion is the company’s partnership with Green Car, the country’s second-largest car-sharing service where users can rent a vehicle by the hour throu
Company diversifying into new services as mobile growth slows TOKYO -- NTT Docomo is partnering with leasing giant Orix group to release a smartphone app for car-sharing as early as this year amid sluggish growth in new mobile phone contracts. The car-sharing app will be available on "dmarket," Docomo's subscriber-based online marketplace. Subscribers can use the app to reserve vehicles from Orix Auto's car-share stations and pay with their dmarket ID, among other convenient
The booming sharing economy is shaking up industries from music to office space. But there’s one key part of our lives that has remained relatively undisrupted. While websites such as Airbnb have enabled home owners to offer their properties up to a global audience of potential holidaymakers, and streaming services such as Spotify have largely confined trips to music shops to the history books, car-sharing remains pretty embryonic compared with the major players in rival indu
The California Department of Motor Vehicles will allow autonomous cars without steering wheels, foot pedals, mirrors, and human drivers behind the wheel to be tested on its roads starting next year. The department released its revised regulations today governing the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles on public roads. After a 15-day public comment period, those rules will be submitted to the state government, which will then begin enforcing them sometime in the middle of 2
"The company’s latest project involves giving tenants access to bike- and car-sharing facilities. " Airbnb may have found a way to make landlords, tenants, and possibly even lawmakers happy. The home-sharing platform has teamed up with Florida developer Newgard to create Niido, a concept apartment building designed to support home sharing. The 324-unit tower will go up near theme park-laden Orlando, in the nearby town of Kissimmee, Florida, within the first quarter of 2018. “
In 2016, General Motors launched its car-sharing service Maven, a Zipcar competitor that highlights an important transition brewing in Detroit. Automakers are under increasing pressure from Silicon Valley to come up with mobility services that appeal to modern urban dwellers. As millennials opt to live in big cities, their willingness to shell out for a car has fallen by the wayside. Traditional car companies are now tasked with appealing to millennials who aren't in a hurry