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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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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.

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.

VeloMetro becomes a CSA Affiliate

Founded in 2013 and based in Vancouver, Canada, VeloMetro is focused on launching the world’s first VeloCar sharing network. VeloMetro’s VeloCars are fully enclosed, three-wheeled cycles with pedal-electric assist. They are specifically designed with sharing in mind by including keyless entry and advanced connectivity for easy user access and fleet monitoring in both one-way and station-based sharing applications.

Ideal for urban commuting, VeloCars are a healthy, fun, and environmentally-friendly alternative to automobiles. VeloMetro has designed the VeloCar to fit within power assisted cycle regulations across North America, and has also overcome the shortcomings of bicycles by providing protection from bad weather, lockable cargo capacity, and seamless electric assist for riding up hills and over longer distances.

At the time of joining the CSA in May of 2015, VeloMetro was preparing for initial VeloCar production and finalizing discussions with civic partners for fleet pilots beginning in late 2015. VeloMetro plans to launch the world’s first VeloCar sharing network in 2016.

Anytime becomes a CSA Member

Citycar LLC under Anytime brand was founded in Spring of 2012. Company started with 50 cars and was the first who provided carsharing service on Russian market.

Anytime is a pioneer of carsharing business in Russia, operating in the City of Moscow with 13,000 users and a fleet of 100 cars.

Anytime service is unique: software developed in Russia and is the most advanced among the world analogues. Anytime clients can operate a car with a mobile application.

Anytime company has a plan to launch services in other Russian cities and expand the fleet to 1,000 cars by the end of 2015.

Here is what Managing director/Partner of Anytime Yulia Baimler says:

“We are happy to be the first Russian company to become a member of CSA! Anytime company being a pioneer of carsharing in Russia was created with a target to popularize this service not only in Moscow, but also in other cities of Russia. Our company has a plan to maximize service cover of territory of Russia. Speaking about company strategy, first of all we are going to increase company fleet to 1,000 cars till the end of 2015, by the end of 2016 plan is 2,000 cars. We expect to remain the leading carsharing company even as new players enter the market. Being a company with open architecture business with a possibility to attract investors to an open platform and suggesting other carsharing types is a must for a company’s growth.”

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