Getaround Instant Carsharing Platform Launches In Denver
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Peer-to-peer carsharing pioneer brings its instant and keyless solution to the Mile High City, broadening transportation options for residents and tourists
DENVER, Dec. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Getaround, the carsharing platform that empowers users to instantly rent and drive cars owned by people in their neighborhood, today announced its expansion to Denver, Colorado. Residents who live car-free, or who need a specialty car for trips to the mountains or a move across town, can now instantly rent cars in their neighborhood-by the hour or day-through the Getaround iOS or Android applications. Car owners in the city looking to reduce the financial burden of car ownership and let people in their community take advantage of their vehicle can now earn money by listing and sharing their car on the Getaround marketplace.
"As we approach the holiday travel season and, of course, ski season, we're thrilled to bring our carsharing platform to Denver," said Sam Zaid, Co-founder and CEO of Getaround. "Today, consumers demand accessibility, variety and instant gratification, and Getaround addresses all of those needs. Residents and visitors of Denver not only have an opportunity to embrace Getaround's eco-friendly ethos, but they'll also have fun renting a Subaru, Tesla or hybrid SUV to explore the city and beyond."
Carsharing with Getaround is a major part of the sustainability movement, and cities like Denver are encouraged to partner with Getaround as the platform leverages the cars already on the road to reduce traffic and congestion. A study by the University of California Transportation Sustainability Research Center found that for every car shared approximately 10 are taken off the road. In turn, every 1,000 vehicles shared reduces up to 50M pounds of carbon dioxide, meaning Getaround's community is helping take cars off the road and lessen toxic emissions.
"Nearly one-in-five downtown Denver households don't own vehicles, but those that do, often have multiple cars for special use cases, such as a second car just for the mountains," said Zach Houck, General Manager of Getaround Denver. "Those residents can now instantly monetize their primary car, or extra car that's used occasionally, while also providing a sustainable way for car-free locals and tourists to enjoy Denver. With Getaround, there's no hassle of waiting in line at a rental car counter or coordinating with the owner to meet and exchange keys-it's truly a win-win for both sides."
Each car on the platform is equipped with Getaround Connect™, a proprietary technology that enables renters to locate and unlock the car using the app, removing the need to meet the owner in-person for a manual key exchange. By operating exclusively through the app and online, Getaround also removes the paperwork traditionally associated with car rentals. Getaround touts all-inclusive safety features, such as insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance, for which many rental services charge extra.
In addition to creating economic opportunity for Denver locals, Getaround is investing in the Denver area. Houck has brought on a dozen local employees to help ensure a successful expansion into the area and has secured office space in Denver. Additionally, the company has partnered with several auto-body shops and regional vendors to support the company's continued growth. With this expansion, Getaround is now operating in 90 cities across the U.S.
Getaround empowers people to instantly rent and drive great cars shared by people in their city. Cars can be rented by the hour, or the day, with insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance included. By using the Getaround app, people skip the lines and paperwork at traditional rental car counters, and the hassle of buying and maintaining a car.
Powered by Getaround Connect™, the patented connected car technology, Getaround creates a fun and safe carsharing experience without the need to meet the car owner, carry an access card, or coordinate picking up a car key. People share everything from a Prius to a Tesla and earn thousands in extra income each year, offsetting the high cost of car ownership while also making a positive impact on the environment.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Getaround has thousands of cars available throughout major metropolitan areas across the United States. Investors in Getaround include SoftBank, Menlo Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Asset Plus, Triangle Peak Partners, SPARX Group, Toyota Motor Corporation, Cox Automotive Inc., and SAIC Capital.
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