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.
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car2go Trial Assessment in Vancouver
Austin, Texas, Aug 19, 2010
car2go N.A., LLC is assessing their in-vehicle technology in Vancouver, BC. car2go is a new and innovative mobility program that started operations in North America in November 2009. After successfully launching the program in Austin, Texas, car2go is planning to roll out further cities in Canada and the United States in the near future but has not yet announced the next car2go city.
Currently, through October 2010, car2go is assessing their in-vehicle technology with selected non-profits and businesses in Vancouver, including Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Film School, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and a set of UBC staff and graduate students, to name a few of the selected participants. The trial assessment is being conducted to validate and refine business processes and technical systems before further large-scale rollouts in Canada and the United States. car2go expects to announce the next location in Q1 2011.
"We elected to perform our trial assessment in Vancouver because of its proximity to one of our technology providers, allowing us to monitor and analyze the data first hand," said Nicholas Cole, President and CEO of car2go, N.A., LLC. "With this trial assessment, car2go will better understand how our systems work in different countries, providing data sets to help us ultimately enhance the car2go experience for our members."