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CarShare Atlantic launches FLEX: one-way carsharing in Halifax

FLEX car in Halifax

CarShare Atlantic is proud to announce that Halifax residents can count on a new mobility service that is easy, flexible and sustainable: CarShare Atlantic FLEX, one-way carsharing.

The first group of 20 FLEX cars (Hybrids) have been added to the current fleet of CarShare Atlantic. The new FLEX vehicles can be picked up and dropped off at any location on street within a set geographical area or in special parking locations downtown.

CarShare Atlantic members will be able to locate FLEX cars on the smartphone app or on the website, block it for free for 30 minutes to give them time to reach the vehicle, access with their key fob, use them and then leave them somewhere else, on street or in special parking depots in the operating zone.

CarShare Atlantic’s FLEX zone

The 6.3 km2 “FLEX zone” takes up most of the peninsula. Members will be able to travel in and out of the zone, as long the car is brought back and parked in the zone or at designated drop off parking locations downtown like at Scotia Square. The Flex zone includes the participating Waterfront Development parking lots.

All CarShare Atlantic members are automatically eligible to use this service. New members will be able to join the FLEX service without the need to pay for an annual or monthly membership (a one time fee of 35$ is payable at registration) and use FLEX cars at a price of 0.41$/minute or 12$/hour including 100 km for free.

“We are proud to offer the best of two worlds: a station based carsharing service, perfect for planned trips and FLEX Carsharing: ideal for spontaneous one-way trips around town!” says Pam Cooley, President of CarShare Atlantic.

From left to right – Councillor Tim Outhit, CarShare Atlantic President Pam Cooley, Councillor Shawn Cleary, Communauto CEO Benoit Robert

The launch of this new service is significant. Halifax is joining the select club of cities worldwide that recognizes that the investment of station based and one way carsharing contributes to them achieving their multi modal mobility strategy and environmental goals.

Communauto, pioneer of carsharing services in North America, is the collaborative partner and mentor of CarShare Atlantic in this project. CEO Benoit Robert states, “We are proud to accompany CarShare Atlantic, first in the Maritimes, in the implementation of this new mobility service. This service will make it even more compelling for residents to combine transit, active mobility, taxi and carsharing for their mobility needs. We believe that FLEX will become a very popular option and we count on being able to increase the fleet and operating zone soon”.

The FLEX project is powered by technology provided by ETL Electronique, a Canadian company specialized in telemetry for transportation.

Citiz-LPA launches free-floating service in Lyon

Lyon Carsharing pionner, Citiz-LPA, enriches his station based offer with 100 vehicles in free-floating More details (in French)

Reflections on Carsharing – by Patrick Nangle (CEO, Modo, Vancouver, BC)

Soon approaching my first anniversary at Modo and in the industry, it’s a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned to date. My education has been greatly facilitated by my colleagues at Modo, regular interactions with our many stakeholders and most recently by participation at the Car Sharing Association (CSA) conference in Montreal.

Patrick Nangle (CEO, Modo)

To summarize in a few words, I am delighted to be onboard at what I believe is a pivotal moment in the evolution of carsharing. The rest of the world has woken up to the benefits that early entrants like Modo and its members have known for decades, that carsharing complements public transit, biking and walking to make possible a lifestyle free of the burden of car ownership. The value of not having to own a car or second car, but having one available when you need it, will vary by individual, and typically includes some composite of improved personal economics and reduced environmental impact.

A very significant catalyst to the rapid growth in shared mobility today is the relatively recent entry of well-funded and highly motivated service and technology providers. These include technology companies of all sizes, from start ups to global giants like Apple, Google and Uber, and virtually all auto manufacturers. They are driving rapid business model experimentation and the probable convergence of some of the existing and emerging models we are familiar with: station-based carsharing, free floating carsharing, peer-to-peer carsharing, ridesharing, ride-hailing, carpooling, on-demand transit, autonomous vehicles. What motivates them? An emerging market potential for new forms of personal mobility that is measured in trillions of dollars.

And they are not alone. Public transit system operators and local governments are also pro-actively driving carsharing adoption, increasingly recognizing the mutual benefit that comes from collaboration and co-operation. We hear that in our conversations with them.

What does all this mean for a purpose-driven, carsharing co-operative like Modo?  That by working co-operatively with the right partners, making thoughtful strategic choices and staying focused on our Purpose, our chances are better than they have ever been to make a difference, for our members and the communities we serve.

Yes, Canada has seen four consecutive years of record new vehicle sales and there remains much to be done. At the same time though, Modo, and carsharing generally, is growing even faster. An unstoppable tidal wave of change is building, propelled by lifestyle affordability challenges, climate change realities and big investments in technology. I expect these next few years will be very exciting and am optimistic about what we can achieve together as we continue to make carsharing available to more people in more places.

 

 

Ridecell acquires Auro, leader in self-driving technology for low speed deployments

 

 The CSA Carsharing Association congratulates CSA Affiliate “Ridecell” with its new acquisition introducing the First Complete Autonomous New Mobility Solution.“The Auro acquisition and the launch of our autonomous operations platform represent the next phase of our strategy to provide a complete autonomous solution for Ridecell customers,” said Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of Ridecell.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/ridecell-introduces-the-first-complete-autonomous-new-mobility-solution-with-acquisition-of-auro-and-the-launch-of-the-ridecell-autonomous-operations-platform-650061413.html

 

 

2017 CSA Conference speaker presentations

 

The presentation of the 2017 CSA conference “Shaping the future of carsharing” are available for consultation at the page Slide presentation.

Thanks to all our great speakers, sponsors and participants.

 

 

 

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.

conference.carsharing.org

 

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.

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