Enterprise Rent-A-Car is going farther into the carsharing business with the launch of Enterprise CarShare in the Salt Lake City market. Customers can get the cars – available to rent for as little as an hour – at nearly 30 locations in the downtown area and on local university campuses.
More and more, the major car rental companies are in heated competition to become the leading full-service transportation provider. Enterprise Holdings has acquired Zimride, an online ride-matching service. Zimride has more than 350,000 users (drivers, passengers and partners) who have connected with each other for peer-to-peer ridesharing.
There's a new niche emerging for car sharers like Zipcar and peer-to-peer entities: ride sharing. The way ride sharing works is that a car owner, perhaps for additional income, offers a ridealong to those willing to pay. Those interested can schedule a ride share through their smart phone. The renter signs up for the service, chooses a nearby car going their way and hops in. It's hitchhiking meets taxis for the smartphone era.
Sharing a car with a stranger is nothing new, as any "slug" in the D.C. area can tell you. For the past four years, Zimride has been working to update the sort of semi-official, ad-hoc "instant carpooler" that's common around D.C. into an internet-based social ridesharing program that works in areas around the nation. To mark the busy travel weekend that is Thanksgiving in the U.S., Zimride is promoting its new public routes, which are open to anyone traveling between select popular destinations
Zipcar has long targeted the college crowd with their car sharing options. Now, thanks to an expanded partnership with Zimride, an online carpool app, an estimated 430,000 students at 15 universities can access the application. The two companies announced the deal at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today and the new schools are UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maryland and George Mason University.
There's no question that a lot of people will visit the voting booth on November 4th in the U.S. If you're a first-time voter or a longtime participant who'd like to share your democratic adventure with someone a little green-minded, John Zimmer and Zimride would like you to carpool your way to the polls on the Tuesday after next (yes, it's only 13 days away). The Carpool to the Polls project is a partnership between Zimride and Live Earth. John wrote in to AutoblogGreen to say that, "This is th