OTA keys becomes an affiliate of the CSA

A joint venture between Continental and D’Ieteren, OTA keys introduces a global solution for carsharing organizations, car rental companies, OEM’s and fleet management companies. The technology allows users to access (unlock) and enable vehicle ignition by smartphone through Bluetooth or NFC connection. We can propose flexible hardware and software solutions depending on your needs. A minimum on board equipment allows easy and fast installation and great value for money with the highest security … [Read more...]

Report from the Michelin Bibendum Challenge in Chengdu, China

The Michelin Bibendum Challenge was one of the largest gatherings of the year on the topic of shared-use mobility. Carlo Di Giusto was in Chengu and provides this report.  Click here for the original text in Italian. >>>>>>>>>>>>> The car manufacturers want to excel in the services, not only in mobility products. It is one of the macro trends outlined this morning at the Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China, during the presentation by Sarwant Singh, a … [Read more...]

Peer-to-Peer Carsharing: Exploring Public Perception and Market Characteristics

The top three reasons for using peer-to-peer carsharing are convenience and availability, monetary savings, and expanded mobility options.  Further outreach and education are needed to raise awareness of this mobility innovation. Full text of the article here:  http://www.carsharing.org/research/TSRC/P2Pcarsharing_TRR2014.pdf   … [Read more...]

Can Shared Mobility Help Low-Income People Access Opportunity?

Michael Kodransky from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has written a great paper on the topic of social equity in shared use mobility.  As carsharing expands, this topic is of great interest to policymakers. https://www.itdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Can-Shared-Mobility-Help-Low-Income-People-Access-Opportunity-.pdf … [Read more...]

Carsharing: Evolution, Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Scott Levine from the Centre for Trassport Studies at the Imperial College in London, together with academic colleagues has put together a great paper on carsharing that deals with definitions, taxation, relationships with the public sector and the role of 'industry-level bodies' like the CSA. For those interested in the development of shared mobility, this is definitely worth … [Read more...]

Putting more transportation dollars in the hands of local communities in the USA

Thanks to the leadership and bravery of a bipartisan group of Senators, there’s a terrific bill that would change the game and bring more transportation dollars – and control over them – down to the local level where they are needed most. Senators Booker (D-NJ), Wicker (R-MS), and Begich (D-AK), Casey (D-PA), and Cochran (R-MS) are introducing the Senate companion to a House bill after hearing from mayors and other local officials in their states about how important access to these dollars are … [Read more...]

Cities and municipalities adopt carsharing services to replace owned fleets

  Carsharing has developed beyond a B2C service that enhances individuals mobility options.  Corporate carsharing, in a variety of forms, allows companies to divest of vehicle assets and contract with a service provider like Zipcar’s Fastfleet, to provide mobility for employees that need a car for work purposes. The financial benefits of switching from an owned fleet to a shared fleet have also also proven attractive to many cities and municipalities.  Washington, DC and Vancouver, Canada … [Read more...]

Zipcar partners with American Association of Retired Persons

One might not think of senior citizens and carsharing as a natural fit, but Zipcar has forged ahead with a partnership with AARP to make the offer to this growing demographic. For many senior citizens, private car ownership has always been a part of adult life and not long ago the choice of vehicle make and model was an important expression of one's personal of style and social status. Carsharing services have been much more popular with younger people and Zipcar's own research shows Millennials … [Read more...]

UK Department for Transport commits £500,000 to support car clubs

Reposted from: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/car-clubs-cash-boost Car clubs are set to receive a £500,000 boost to drive forward their work, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has announced. As part of a wider visit to Norfolk today (28 July 2014), the minister announced that the Department for Transport will provide the funding to support 2 pilot programmes which will promote much wider access to car clubs. Baroness Kramer said: Car clubs cut congestion, reduce carbon and save … [Read more...]

The CarSharing Association marks milestone and moves forward

In January 2011, 18 pioneering carsharing operators wrote a definition of carsharing and a code of ethics for carsharing operators.  As an explosion of new modes, technologies, awareness and number of users changed the way we think about shared-use mobility, the CSA definition of station-based, round-trip carsharing has stood the test of time very well.  The last three-and-a-half years, carsharing operators have seen remarkable membership growth, development of the offering and adoption of the … [Read more...]

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