WEDNESDAY: Personal Car-Sharing on the Takeaway

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 01:00 AM

When you really think about it, you probably don't use your car all that much.  You drive to work – then leave your car in the lot all day while you’re inside. Or you leave town for a few days – then don’t use your car for the next three weeks. Meanwhile, plenty of other people don’t have cars, but sometimes need them.

Three new companies in the San Francisco Bay Area – Getaround, RelayRides, and Spride Share – are trying to match those idle cars with people who want to drive them. Each model is a little different, but the basic idea is the same: when you’re not using your car, you can rent it out to anyone who needs it. And if you need a car? You can rent anything from your neighbor's station wagon to a brand-new Tesla Roadster.

Transportation Nation's Casey Miner will be on The Takeaway this  morning to talk about personal car-sharing-- listen below! And catch her full story later that day on KALW News.

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I have been using another service which is more than just cars and trucks, they even include boats, motorcycles, ATV's etc. I enrolled and signed up for Alpha and got their hardware, secured login and was up and running in no time. Told my friends about it to start renting my ride. I was able to rent out my vehicle to my friends for a ride and earn some quick money. I really feel that this is the next big thing. After i had the hardware in my car, it felt that I had a futuristic car, my 2001 Hondo Accord came to live with all the cool things I could do with it. I even showed off my friends and cousins. Love this concept for sharing and actually felt that I was giving something back to the community. Didn't use the above services so I cannot tell a lot about it, but I hope they have a cool hardware too. Imagine Boat Sharing, RV Sharing, ATV Sharing, Bikes/Scooter/Motorbikes, Jetskis etc.

Apr. 01 2011 05:52 PM

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