World Collaborative Mobility Summit, May 7 & 8, 2014 … [Read more...]

Is Car Sharing Operations For You?

Metavera announces the first webinar in its series of bootcamps on how to become a Car Sharing Operator.  Car sharing is now a profitable, high growth, locally-focused business model that is growing rapidly with over 1.7 million members and 43,000 vehicles in service.    Is Car Sharing Operations For You? Wednesday, February 5th 12pm EST  (5pm GMT, 9am PST)   This webinar will answer the following questions Car Sharing Operators need to know:  What are the revenues and … [Read more...]

CSA welcomes Time Car into membership

The CarSharing Association is pleased to welcome Time Car LLC into membership. Time Car offers a classic two-way carsharing service in Oklahoma City, Midlad, Texas and Marfa, Texas.  Time Car started operations in 2010 and has expanded to 18 vehicles. In our survey of smaller US carsharing operations, we found average booking time is 4.25 hours and average mileage is 28 miles. In large metropolitan centers, the trip times are shorter and VMT (vehicle miles travelled) distances are even lower.  … [Read more...]

Combined Mobility as key for tomorrow’s urban mobility

The International Association of Public Transport has produced an article describing the future of urban mobility.  The Combined Mobility Platform is a working group of shared-use mobility operators and public transit authorities that are working together to find way of integrating the modes.  For more on the work of the platform, see this post … [Read more...]

YoYo joins the Carsharing Association

Istanbul, Turkey is a city of more than 13 million people, and has significant challenges with both traffic congestion and air quality.  In 2012, Yoyo became Turkey's first carsharing organization and quickly deployed more than 135 vehicles into Istanbul, Ankara and Bodrum.  Yoyo runs a wide variety of vehicles at different price points.  For economy, you can get into a Honda CRV or a Renault Clio.  At the top of the range you can access a BMW316i or a Mercedes C180.  Yoyo has also been actively … [Read more...]

The Avis-Zipcar deal, one year later

When the blockbuster Avis Zipcar deal was announced a year ago, industry insiders knew it was a big deal but we didn't know how things would play out after the transaction.  Let's take a look at what transpired in the 12 months that followed.   Media stories about classic carsharing, peer-to-peer carsharing, one-way carsharing, ridesharing  increased dramatically.  The "Sharing Economy" got a cover story in the Economist  magazine. The markets for shared accommodation, shared vehicles, shared … [Read more...]

Mobizen joins the CarSharing Association

The CSA is pleased to welcome Mobizen as a member.  Mobizen was established in 1999 and has grown the fleet to 115 vehicles including the Mercedes A class, Fiat 500, Renault Clio, and Toyota Yaris Hybrid.  Mobizen operates exclusively in Paris, France and is working on a partnership with the public transit authorities to integrate carsharing with the city's extensive system of trains and buses.   … [Read more...]

UITP hosts 4th Combined Mobility Workshop

  More than 80 attendees from 18 countries participated in the UITP's 4th Combined Mobility Workshop held in Paris, France in early December.   The focus of the workshop was on the question of "Who should be the service integrator?" getting traditional public transit services aligned with the offerings of the emerging shared-use vehicle.  It was encouraging to see this high level of dialogue between public transit authorities and carsharing operators about how to best provide a seamless … [Read more...]

Transit-Oriented Development Standard supports carsharing schemes

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has introduced a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Standard.  Part of the standard aims to increase mobility by regulating parking and road use.  Reduced parking prescribed in the standard encourages modal shift from cars to walking, cycling and public transit.  The standard awards high scores that limits off-street parking areas.  Parking provided for essential services parking (e.g. fire, ambulance, construction, maintenance, people with … [Read more...]

CSA publishes draft Liability Insurance Guideline for carsharing operators

Today the CarSharing Association released a draft liability insurance guideline for round-trip carsharing operators in the United States. This guideline has been developed to protect consumers of carsharing services and strengthen the carsharing industry’s reputation for providing a safe and practical alternative to private car ownership.  The CSA encourages carsharing organizations to communicate to the consumer the risks of using carsharing services and the available insurance coverages that … [Read more...]


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