Save the date! 7th annual Carsharing Association conference May 18-19 2017

The 7th annual Carsharing Association conference will take place on May 18th and 19th 2017 in vibrant and blossoming Montreal, Québec, Canada ! Every year, over 200 delegates from over a dozen countries take part in this event, dedicated exclusively to the carsharing industry.

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Mobility Systems + Services joins CSA as Affiliate Member

Houston, TX — We are pleased to announce Mobility Systems + Services has become an affiliate member of the Carsharing Association.  As a division of the Swiss Mobility Cooperative, this technology vendor has over 25 years of experience in the carsharing industry, a boon to its software clients.

Mobility Systems + Services offers the software solution MobiSys for Carsharing and its sister product, MobiSys for Fleet.  The SaaS (“software as a service”, i.e. subscription-based) product MobiSys is the central application for the management and administration of fleet and operational data.  Its automated workflows and interfaces to external applications cover the management of the entire business processes.  Various users with different user rights can access the white-label solution via app, web and the rich client portal.

Mobility Systems + Services ensures the trouble-free functioning of the software, the maintenance, updates and the support. Thus, customers can focus on their core business’ efficiency and success.

Welcome to the CSA, Mobility Systems + Services! Contact Sophie Peggs for more information:

Sophie.Peggs@mobility-sas.com

www.mobility-sas.com

Emily Fleck Named Executive Director of CarSharing Association

Houston, TX — The CarSharing Association announced today Emily Fleck has been named as its new Executive Director, effective today, April 5th, 2016.
Emily Fleck (c) Emily Fleck

Emily Fleck

Emily Fleck is a long time veteran of the shared mobility industry, with deep experience in industry operations and technology through her work at PhillyCarShare of Philadelphia (acquired by Enterprise Holdings in 2011) and Metavera Solutions of Toronto (acquired by Enterprise Holdings in 2015).  Her most recent work was with movmi Shared Transportation Services of Vancouver BC, where she provided marketing, business development, and operations consulting work.
“While still at PhillyCarShare in 2010 I was deeply involved with the group of organizations writing the charter of what would become the CSA,” said Fleck, speaking from her current hometown of Houston, Texas.  “I’m thrilled to be now leading the association I helped bring into existence.”
“Emily has extensive experience in car sharing both as an operator and a vendor,” said Megan Hansen, Interim Board Chair of the Carsharing Association and Program Manager of HOURCAR in the Twin Cities.  “She helped guide HOURCAR through some difficult transitions and always provided very thorough and knowledgeable advice.  I’m very excited to welcome Emily to the Carsharing Association, and look forward to working with her to grow our membership worldwide.”
Among Fleck’s first tasks will be reaching out and re-acquainting with the CSA’s current membership as well as launching preparations for the 2016 CarSharing Association Conference, to be held later this year.
“I LOVE attending the CSA annual conference. It provides us with a unique opportunity to learn how to implement new trends directly from the people creating them,” said Diego Solórzano of Carrot Carsharing from Mexico City, also a member of the Carsharing Association’s Board.
The Carsharing Association annual conference is an exciting event that draws attendees from around the word.  Location and dates for the 2016 conference will be announced soon.

CSA recruiting new Executive Director

CSA recruiting new Executive Director

A resourceful, independent self-starter is required to sustain and grow the carsharing industry trade association. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the strategic and operational challenges facing carsharing operators and an insatiable desire for networking. This position will have a dual focus of engaging with and supporting current members while also growing the CSA’s membership worldwide.

Responsibilities

Business Development

  • Approach car sharing operators and encourage them to become members.
  • Engage with vendors that serve the car sharing industry and recruit them as affiliate members.
  • Maintain and update a database of contacts and communications in Highrise CRM.
  • Represent the CSA at meetings and conferences, especially those related to shared mobility. Accept public speaking invitations, as appropriate.

Member Relations

  • Maintain regular personal contact with CSA members to understand the key challenges they face.
  • Provide support and information to members. Make referrals and introductions as needed.
  • Create opportunities for connection and information exchange in the form of webinars, conference calls and meetings, etc.
  • Schedule and facilitates CSA board meetings and the annual member meeting.
  • Lead and coordinate organization of the CSA annual conference.

Communications

  • Keep the broader transportation and shared mobility community updated on industry developments, such as regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions and research.
  • Maintain the CSA’s presence on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Maintain partnerships with APTA, UITP, CUTA and others by participating on committees, conference calls and meetings as necessary.

Finance and Administration

  • Send invoices and collect accounts receivable. Collect annual CSA member dues.
  • Pay expenses authorized by the board of directors.
  • Maintain financial records and prepare financial reports for the board of directors.
  • Work with the CSA board to in developing strategic and financial goals.
  • Develop strategies for recruiting more members outside North America. Contract staff for business development overseas, if needed.

Preferred Experience

  • Comprehensive understanding of carsharing operations, marketing & strategy.
  • Passion for making connections within the carsharing and broader transportation communities. Existing connections within the carsharing industry are a major plus.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and choose affordable accommodations.
  • Experience and ability to organize meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets, accounts receivable and financial reports.

This is a part-time position and will average 25 hours per week. Actual hours week to week will vary based on the executive director’s travel schedule and other priorities. It is possible this position will grow as the CSA’s membership and financial resources increase.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to recruiting@carsharing.org by March 10, 2016.

SOCAR becomes a CSA member

SOCAR becomes a member of the CSA

SOCAR is the largest car-sharing service in Korea and founded in 2011. SOCAR offer its mobility solutions to individuals, universities, businesses and provides services within various metropolitan areas college campuses in Korea.

SOCAR have a mission to improve the environment and quality of life in our communities by promoting innovative mobility options, providing a great timesaving service that frees up space in cities and puts more money in drivers’ wallets. SOCAR want to make redefining the way people think about transportation.

SOCAR reached to hold 3,000 vehicles and 1,000,000 customers after only three years since they started. It has been growing very fast all over the world. SOCAR has grown to 3,700 vehicles and 1,500,000 members in Korea. Also, SOCAR provides car-sharing service at 1,900 parking area in 56 cities in Korea. (As at February 2016)

As a certified B Corporation, SOCAR meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance and cares about the positive impacts of carsharing by using fuel efficient and hybrid-electric cars.

Also, SOCAR is building a corporate culture that can not only positively impact but also sustainably support SOCAR’s community. They are running the community for each vehicle so that users can post a review of the vehicles they used.

For more information about SOCAR, check this out.

– Website: http://www.socar.kr/
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/socarsharing
– Blog: http://blog.socar.kr/

Flexicar becomes a CSA member

The Carsharing Association welcomes Flexicar from Melbourne, Australia as a member of CSA.  Flexicar was launched as an independent by a group of university friends back in 2004 with two vehicles and a spreadsheet for booking system.

In 2010 Hertz acquired Flexicar as part of its carshare growth strategy; despite Hertz announcing a withdrawal from hourly car rentals and the closure of the Hertz 24/7 service in North America in 2015, Flexicar continues to grow and develop in Melbourne and Sydney markets.

With a diversified fleet of 350 vehicles, from Toyota Corollas to SUVs, prestige vehicles and commercial vans, Flexicar continues to provide urban Australians with a cost-effective, green and easy alternative to car ownership as well as dedicated carsharing and mobility solutions to corporate and universities across Australia.

Greg Giraud, General Manager, said: “We are thrilled to join the Carsharing Association. With Flexicar on board all current, on-street, carshare providers in the ANZ region are now affiliated to the CSA. This adds legitimacy to the local carshare industry as we feel it is important to speak with one voice and we look forward to working with the CSA for the betterment and long term sustainability of carshare in the region.”

Parking study quantifies carsharing impacts in Sydney

The leading Australian carsharing organizations GoGet, GreenShareCar and Flexicar have co-operated to produce a detailed study of the parking market in Sydney.

Summary of Carsharing Conference held in Vancouver, Canada on September 22-23, 2015

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Bodo Schwieger from team red Berlin speaks on the The Future of Mobility – photo credit Emily Fleck

More than 200 people from 18 countries attended the Carsharing Conference in Vancouver on September 22-23.  Participating were carsharing operators, mobility technology companies, public transit employees, city staff, elected officials, and consultants.

In the opening remarks, the question was asked “How do we increase carsharing tenfold?” and “What are the barriers to this growth?”  Throughout the program, the opportunity to make shared mobility more accessible and attractive to the travelling public was explored in three themes:

Cities: Use of Public Space for Shared Mobility – As the public sector controls a vast inventory of strategic parking resources, carsharing organizations need to work together with civic transportation planners, parking managers and elected officials to demonstrate the synergy between carsharing and the goals of the city. Research demonstrating the link between carsharing and reduced levels of private car ownership, reduced vehicle miles travelled and increased use of walking, cycling and public transit modes is important. Carsharing organizations will be expected provide data and reporting to transportation authorities to illustrate the impact that carsharing has on the overall transportation system.

To reduce traffic congestion and improve the problem of scarce parking resources, cities will need political leadership to discourage private auto ownership.  With political support, progressive policies for parking, use of the public right of way, taxation make shared use vehicles relatively more attractive than private cars. Encouraging shared car mobility helps cities to reach their sustainability goals and improve the quality of life for all residents.

Some of the characteristics of the ideal carsharing city are:

  • City administration uses carsharing vehicles for city business and makes the vehicles available for use by the public on weekends and evenings
  • City makes public lands available for parking carsharing vehicles
  • City makes allowances for reduced parking requirements when land developers include carsharing in new housing projects

Public Transit: Integrated Mobility – The opportunity for combining, carsharing, bike sharing, ridesharing and ridesourcing with bus and rail systems is full of promise.  By putting the customer at the center and offering a broad choice of mobility options, public transit authorities can increase ridership and discourage the use of private automobiles in cities.  There are examples of pilot projects between new mobility providers and public transit that reduce operating costs and increase ridership, but most partnerships are still at the discussion stages. Much more work remains to develop a seamless multi-modal experience for the traveling public.

Technology: Smartphones, Connected Cars and Autonomous Vehicles – Clearly, having access to information in the palm of your hand has transformed the way people think about mobility. Ther was an interesting discussion about how open data standards can allow carsharing inventory to be shared across various aggregator/reseller platforms.  New technology is emerging that allows carsharing organizations to optimize fleet deployment and increase yields. The user interface for booking and paying for shared cars is improving – making it easier for new members to get into vehicles and start driving.

Other topics discussed included the wide variety of applications of carsharing in business and government fleets. Eliminating “grey fleets” (employee-owned vehicles being used for business purposes), and requiring staff to use shared cars has proved to be more economical for businesses.  When the distance-based reimbursements paid to employees are eliminated, the economics of using private cars for commuting purposes changes and using alternative transportation for the journey to work becomes more attractive.

Electric Vehicle Carsharing – Electric vehicle carsharing fleets have been deployed in Paris, Amsterdam, Indianapolis, San Diego and Copenhagen.  Other EV sharing systems are planned for Singapore, Montreal and Auckland. Constraints to the expansion of EV sharing systems include lack of consumer awareness about electric vehicle technologies (performance vs. conventional cars, battery range, charging requirements) and limited appetite from consumers to drive electric vehicles. Additional challenges include finding suitable public locations for charging infrastructure and the financing of electric cars and charging stations.

Electric vehicles also have certain advantages in carsharing. Urban carsharing trips are generally short distance and short time duration, consuming just a fraction of a full battery charge. Electric drive is much quieter than combustion engines and does not produce tailpipe emissions making urban roadways more compatible for mixed use with pedestrians. Consumers have the opportunity to “try out” electric car technology without having to purchase it. A carsharing member may choose a conventional gasoline-powered car when required for a longer trip outside city center.

The Carsharing Association will continue to work on partnerships within the transportation community to advance the social and environmental benefits of carsharing. To keep up with developments at CSA, please sign up for our (infrequent) newsletter, and follow us on twitter at @carsharing.

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OpenFleet becomes a CSA Affiliate

OpenFleet pledges to contribute to the effort of accelerating carsharing practices and is proud to join CSA an organization which strongly promotes values of sustainability and socially responsible ethics.
OpenFleet is a state-of-the-art technology combining advanced fleet management functionalities and carsharing keyless technology.  

Says Stéphane Savouré (Founder/President of OpenFleet) :

“Our team initially designed this technology to meet the specific requirements of the P2P carsharing market. Now we offer OpenFleet technology to CSOs, transit authorities, private/public fleets and other automotive professionals. We believe in the social benefit of carsharing and the sustainable approach its brings to urban, suburban and rural areas. By allowing a new, flexible mobility solution to users, based on existing vehicles, we avoid over-exploitation of roads and infrastructure and favor intermodality.”

APTA Twelve Principles for Integrated Mobility & Disruptive Technologies

The rise of multiple technology-driven mobility services has presented the traveling public a new array of mobility choices. At the same time, rapid advances in the development of autonomous vehicles and other vehicle technology systems have brought on various new visions of America’s transportation future.

APTA’s efforts to understand this dynamic and disruptive landscape have given rise to the following questions:

  • How can these services collectively work in an integrated transportation system?
  • Can new levels of efficiency evolve?
  • Can a new combination of mobility options collectively provide the array of choices that allow for lifestyles that are less automobile-dependent, to be accompanied by an overall greater reliance on public transportation?
  • How should the public transportation industry lead the change?
  • How can we capitalize on the space efficiencies of transit and walkable, transit-oriented communities/corridors? (Public transportation moves more people in less space than any other transportation mode.)

Access and mobility are fundamental to the economic and social freedom of Americans. The following policy framework provides core principles to help shape the evolving new frontiers in mobility and public transportation and assure that the public is served with efficient, equitable, and convenient travel choices.

  1. Ensure Accessibility: Providers in the transportation network must provide access for all, and be driven by the need for social inclusion and environmental justice in our transportation system.
  1. Encourage Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The public transportation community welcomes new technologies, new ideas, new players, new business practices, and new business models. Public transportation systems will lead, adapt, collaborate and reposition as appropriate.
  1. Promote Integration & Coordination: Mobility providers and services must all work together as components of an integrated transportation system. Transit is positioned to serve as its backbone. Given their public orientation, transit agencies are positioned to serve as integrators of these new mobility services, and transit executives as leaders and champions of collaboration.
  1. Establish One-Stop-Shopping for the Complete Trip: The wide array of mobility management strategies must be communicated clearly, understood easily and be available through an accessible, central clearinghouse. Integrated payment systems should be pursued. Customers should be able to plan and pay for their full trip through a facile, transparent process and a single technological platform. Convenient, stress-free trip planning and payment should extend to the full range of trip purposes (i.e., jobs, education, social, health, and access to essential services).  The fare collection platforms must also provide a robust, secure and auditable system.
  1. Encourage Sharing and Cooperation: Sharing anonymous data or providing open data should be an aspirational goal for all parties, public and private.
  1. Identify Opportunities to Capitalize on Technology to Advance Mobility and Efficiency: New technologies may be applied by transit agencies to facilitate environmental, economic, and social goals. Transit agencies should integrate new mobility providers into first-mile/last-mile strategies, new paratransit alternatives, etc., to help achieve new efficiencies where it makes economic, operational and customer service sense.
  1. Provide Appropriate Public Oversight: Safety for customers and community, and public responsibility by transportation providers should be expected. However, public oversight should avoid being a regulatory roadblock to innovative services and mobility solutions.
  1. Regulation should be in the context of an evolving mobility market.
  2. Procurement rules should encourage and facilitate innovation while maintaining an appropriate level of accountability.
  3. Regulatory performance should be tracked and measured to understand long-term impacts.
  1. Invest in the Required Infrastructure: New mobility technologies will require Intelligent Transportation Systems and other forms of infrastructure.  Such needs must be quantified, and appropriate investments made as additions to federal, state and local programs.  Additional policy and program adjustments may also be required.
  1. Develop Understanding & Best Practices: The public transportation industry and its partners should conduct new research; ask questions; share best practices and lessons learned; understand disparate impacts by system size and income levels; establish cross-industry dialogue; and develop a better understanding of big-picture, holistic impacts (including land use, sustainability, workforce, and other implications of enhanced mobility).
  1. Identify New Business Markets, Partnerships & Membership: Businesses and mobility services emerging in the new mobility marketplace should look to APTA as a trade association worthy of their time, investment and membership. APTA members will benefit from working closely with technology companies, new start-ups and contractors.
  1. Assure the Ongoing Availability of Public Transportation Services: It is in the public interest that transit services emerge stronger, not weaker. Consider how new governance models, aimed at the broad, overarching mission of mobility, might be an appropriate evolution for transit agencies.
  1. Protect the Privacy of Passengers and Customers: New technologies bring new considerations regarding how to collect and safeguard sensitive passenger data, including payment, location, contact, and relationship information. Transit agencies must adopt appropriate technologies to keep personal data protected, and review and revise open records statues and regulations to ensure that such data may remain private.

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