city car share

city car share

City Car Share

San Francisco, CA, November 10, 2016 — Getaround today announced that it has agreed to acquire several assets from City CarShare, the Bay Area’s original carsharing company, from owner-operator Carma, a world leader in high occupancy commuter solutions. City CarShare will retain ownership of its fleet of hybrid vehicles which will be listed and made available for rent on Getaround using Getaround’s patented Connect™ technology City CarShare members will be able to migrate their accounts to Getaround and will continue to enjoy access to the City CarShare owned fleet of cars in the same convenient parking locations across the Bay Area, now under the Getaround banner. Additionally, City CarShare members will gain access to all shared vehicles on the Getaround platform and will also enjoy the benefits of Getaround’s unique carsharing community-including no monthly membership fees, a wide variety of vehicles in several markets, and top-rated insurance protection built into each trip. “Today’s news strengthens Getaround’s position as the largest available carsharing fleet in the Bay Area, enabling us to meet our growing demand,” said Sam Zaid, CEO and Founder of Getaround. “City CarShare set out over a decade ago with an ambitious undertaking to offer consumers an alternative to buying and maintaining their own vehicles. The increasing popularity of carsharing is evidence that the concept is out of infancy and people are thinking about car ownership differently. We look forward to welcoming City CarShare’s users to our growing Getaround community and providing the same reliable and affordable mobility solution they have grown to love over the last 15 years.” City CarShare was originally founded in 2001 as the only nonprofit carsharing service in the San Francisco Bay Area with a mission to reduce car ownership. In August of 2015, City CarShare merged operations with Carma in a strategic alliance to combine and strengthen their shared mobility services. “We believe strongly that Getaround is an ideal match for City CarShare,” said Lawrence Mulligan, CEO of Carma. “Not only does Getaround share our mission and community values, but it also brings amazing new benefits for our members. Joining up with Getaround is a great local solution to what we believe is a growing national need for access to shared cars.” Carma will continue to apply its patented technology to encourage high-occupancy commuting, deploy new solutions that fight traffic gridlock and save people time on their commute. The two companies have already started to onboard City CarShare’s fleet of vehicles to Getaround with an expected completion date Monday, November 14th. Existing City CarShare members are able to easily migrate their accounts to Getaround’s platform by visting www.gocarma.com or through the Carma app. ABOUT GETAROUND Getaround is the Bay Area’s largest carsharing platform. Combining Getaround Connect™, our patented connected car technology, with streamlined auto insurance coverage, Getaround creates a seamless and fun sharing experience. Owners share cars ranging from a smart to a Tesla, earning thousands in extra income each year to offset the high cost of car ownership, while making a positive impact on the environment. Getaround users can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. For more information visit Getaround.com, like us on Facebook , or follow-us on Twitter and Instagram.
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City Car Share

Getaround is paying to take over City CarShare’s parking spaces and gain access to its members. City CarShare, which started in 2001 as the Bay Area’s first car-sharing enterprise, will remain an independent nonprofit that owns its fleet. It will receive rental fees, minus Getaround’s commission, when its vehicles are rented out. City CarShare members now will arrange rentals through Getaround’s app. The nonprofit has about 50,000 members, about 20,000 of whom are active.
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City Car Share

On November 10th, after Getaround and City CarShare announced a merger of sorts, City CarShare members trying to reserve cars found a whole new car-sharing experience waiting for them. City CarShare’s fleet had been replaced by privately-owned cars that could only be reserved by permitting Getaround access to their Facebook accounts and downloading Getaround’s app onto their smartphone to gain access to the cars.
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City Car Share

“When we hit the doomsday scenario, there were lots of conversations about how we were going to preserve the original mission of City CarShare,” Mulligan recalled. “We decided that Getaround was the best choice. We decided to work within the community,” he said, referring to the owners of the 494,103 registered vehicles in San Francisco. “Other car sharing companies purchase cars and then just dump them in the city,” Mulligan continued. “But the original mission of City CarShare was vehicle eradication.”
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City Car Share

“Month-to-month permits were transferred between City Carshare and Getaround with the SFMTA’s permission,” said Andy Thornley, staff member of the SFMTA parking team. Both for- and non-profit companies that are classified as car-sharing ventures by the city are given discounted monthly rates in SFMTA-managed garages, as well as access to the city’s on-street parking pods, a pilot program which debuted in 2014. Getaround has 49 on-street parking pods throughout San Francisco; 18 of them are located in the Mission.
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City Car Share

Inducements to purchase a new car comes as another shock to long-time City Carshare members. “It’s not car-sharing. It’s renting,” said Gartner. “Sharing is using the resources you have wisely.” He pointed out that under Getaround’s profit-driven mission, more cars are better. “Anyone who’s ever tried to bike in this city know we don’t need more cars.”
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City Car Share

Data collected by the SFMTA shows that car-sharing slows the retail market for new cars. Cars owned by car-sharing businesses were used about three times a day with an average of nineteen—and frequently closer to forty— unique users a month. Moreover, the same data, which was self-reported, shows that San Franciscans who joined car-sharing companies either got rid of their car, or just didn’t buy one.
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City Car Share

Meanwhile, City CarShare’s staff—listed as 30 employees in 2014 — was not brought onboard at Getaround in the acquisition, Scorpio said. Getaround’s public relations firm issued this statement when asked about the retention of City CarShare/Carma staff: “The acquisition did not include any of Carma’s employees, who was previously operating the City CarShare franchise.
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ABOUT GETAROUND Getaround is the Bay Area’s largest carsharing platform. Combining Getaround Connect™, our patented connected car technology, with streamlined auto insurance coverage, Getaround creates a seamless and fun sharing experience. Owners share cars ranging from a smart to a Tesla, earning thousands in extra income each year to offset the high cost of car ownership, while making a positive impact on the environment. Getaround users can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance.
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Sources differ on the cause. City CarShare was no longer the only car-sharing business in town. One Getaround staffer blamed Lyft and Uber. “The market’s saturated,” he said. “Lyft and Uber have 45,000 drivers on the road.” (City Treasurer Jose Cisneros put the number of Uber and Lyft drivers at more than 37,000 in April of this year.)
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“Today’s news strengthens Getaround’s position as the largest available carsharing fleet in the Bay Area, enabling us to meet our growing demand,” said Sam Zaid, CEO and Founder of Getaround. “City CarShare set out over a decade ago with an ambitious undertaking to offer consumers an alternative to buying and maintaining their own vehicles. The increasing popularity of carsharing is evidence that the concept is out of infancy and people are thinking about car ownership differently. We look forward to welcoming City CarShare’s users to our growing Getaround community and providing the same reliable and affordable mobility solution they have grown to love over the last 15 years.”
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How people get cars is changing. Car sharing, once the province of crunchy environmentalists, is becoming mainstream. Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company with 1 million members, is now owned by Avis Budget Group. Carmakers are setting up their own car sharing businesses, such as General Motors’ Maven, which recently started service in the Bay Area.
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How It Works Occupancy Detection An occupant with the Carma app on their phone is detected in close proximity to a Carma Beacon – a small Bluetooth device kept in the glove box. Trip Tracking As long as the occupant is detected in the car, the app reports on the total occupancy of the car to the toll agency. HOV Toll Discount If the car has passed through a toll plaza, or virtual toll plaza, with 2 or more occupants, the driver is eligible for a high-occupancy toll discount.
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Occupancy Detection An occupant with the Carma app on their phone is detected in close proximity to a Carma Beacon – a small Bluetooth device kept in the glove box. Trip Tracking As long as the occupant is detected in the car, the app reports on the total occupancy of the car to the toll agency. HOV Toll Discount If the car has passed through a toll plaza, or virtual toll plaza, with 2 or more occupants, the driver is eligible for a high-occupancy toll discount.
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Car sharing isn’t the only model Getaround uses. Lease-sharing is another. Getaround currently has a partnership with the Mercedes Benz dealership on 8th and Brannan. Prospective Getarounders looking for help making their monthly lease payments can lease a Mercedes Smart Car GLA or CLA and Getaround will gift them a $500.00 gift certificate. Brandon, a staff member of Getaround, said that the Smart Car Mercedes Benz “was expensive, but it’s worth it. Making an income from it is pretty easy.”

Published on Apr 8, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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