We recently discovered Car2Go, a new form of transportation that redefines urban mobility. It has probably been around for awhile now, launching in the German City of Ulm back in 2008. It’s here in Austin, which is fantastic given how incredibly easy it is to use and get you from A to B.
You sign up for an account and they verify your driving history with your driver’s license. Within 48 hours you get a response and if you’re approved, your personal access card comes into your mail within 3 days.
Once you have your access card, you’re good to go. There’s an App that shows you the cars that are closest to your location. Once you locate it, hit book and you have 30 minutes to get to the car.
Once you’ve found the car, just tap your card on the dashboard scanner and the doors will be automatically unlocked for you. Viola, your very own car.
Charges are $0.40 per minute. That is all.
We’ve started to use it recently because it gets us around so easily and we don’t have to deal with parking – once you get to the location, you can park at any streetside parking for free. From where we live, it’s usually a 10 minute driving radius to wherever we want to get to – that’s just $4 with no parking fees. It’s a great concept for urban mobility. Car sharing, “public” transportation, and just great value to the users.
I wonder if there are major regulations which prevents the expansion of this service to more countries/cities globally?
p.s. in case you were wondering how things like fuel top-up works, any user that tops up the tank (when it’s under 20%) gets incentivized with free driving minutes. Brilliant.