CSA member “SOCAR” from South Korea expands to Malaysia!

https://vulcanpost.com/632209/socar-malaysia-car-sharing/

Convenience key reason for car-sharing: BC survey

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/convenience-key-reason-for-car-sharing-b-c-survey

MDOT MTA Partners with Zipcar to Provide Car-Sharing Options at Light RailLink, Metro SubwayLink and MARC Train

http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12393078/mdot-mta-partners-with-zipcar-to-provide-car-sharing-options-at-light-raillink-metro-subwaylink-and-marc-train-stations

CSA member Modo in the news!

http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancity-local-business-investment-modo-car-share

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

 

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