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RelayRides Launches Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Nationwide
Innovation and technology converge with the birth of RelayRides, a peer-to-peer car sharing program.
The idea behind the company is to allow members to make an average of $250 per month in revenue from renting their vehicle to other RelayRides members.
Though the company covers each of the RelayRides owners with a $1 million insurance policy, their market leading safeguards, such as OnStar, are not available on all vehicles.
Their new ‘key exchange’ program should prove to help owners feel more at ease about renting their vehicles to a stranger. Added technology, such as a reliable GPS tracking solution, will prove to be a valuable asset to the company’s need for additional vehicle security.
New Car Sharing Service, Wheelz, Rolls into Berkeley
With the economy still coming to terms with the fact it is in a recession, people are becoming creative with the ways they are dealing with transportation issues.
The birth of peer-to-peer car sharing has become a hot new business over the last few months.
Recently one such company, Wheelz, landed on the Berkeley college campus and began providing students with transportation options.
Expanding their services to Stanford, USC, and UCLA campuses already, the company would greatly benefit by implementing a GPS tracking solution utilizing a mobile app to increase vehicle security for its users.
SF Luxury Car-Sharing Service Shuttered After Falling Victim to Theft Ring
HiGear, a peer to peer car rental service based in San Francisco closed its doors just six months after opening up shop in Los Angeles.
The company, which specializes in renting luxury vehicles just under $100,000, fell victim to a car-theft ring that made off with four vehicles priced between $300,000 and $400,000.
Even though the thieves presented what appeared to be legit credentials, having a safeguard in place such as a company-based GPS tracking system would have done more to safeguard the company against possible theft.