Car2go, Daimler's Smart Fortwo-based car sharing service, is kind of, sort of coming to Vancouver, British Columbia. Car2go vehicles have been running around Ulm, Germany since October 2008 and in Austin, TX since November 2009. Daimler announced today that the West Canadian city would be the latest test bed for the service's in-vehicle technology. From the release, it doesn't sound like any Fortwos are actually headed northward; this is just a chance for the city to see if Car2go is the right fit.
The tests will run through October 2010 and are being conducted in partnership with selected non-profits and businesses like the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver Film School, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and members of the University of British Columbia. Daimler will "validate and refine business processes and technical systems" before announcing the next real Car2go location early next year.