Previously, the app would let you find a Car2go vehicle, but an update to allow Mobile Access. As long as you can update your app to version 2.0 (on iOS or Android), you can now use your phone to find, reserve and unlock a Car2go to start your trip and then lock up and end your trip when you're done. The standard card still works, as well.
The slick new feature works on all 12,500 Car2go vehicles in North America. The service was also recently updated with Regional Access to allow any user in North America to use a Car2go in any other North American city. When the European fleet gets integrated, we'll be even more excited. Read more below.
With your phone replacing the card, Car2go has gotten a lot easier to use. I've certainly missed out on drives when I've forgotten my cars. With one less thing to carry, I've got one more reason to share a car.
Members Will Now Be Able to Begin car2go Trips with their Smartphone
Free Membership and Drive Time For a Limited Time
AUSTIN, TX (November 24th, 2014) -- car2go North America LLC, the largest, fastest-growing global carsharing company, announced today the launch of Mobile Access, an upgraded app feature that allows members to not only search for and reserve a car2go vehicle, but begin their car2go trip via their smartphones. Beginning today, Mobile Access will serve as an alternative to the company's member card, which was, until now, the only way to access a car2go vehicle and end a ride.
"At car2go, we are focused on improving our service and providing the best experience for our members with their feedback," said Paul DeLong, CMO of car2go North America. "With the addition of Mobile Access, we're making it easier for our members to get in a car2go. Having options are everything – now, our members won't have to carry their membership card – they'll be able to drive in no time."
Mobile Access works similarly to the member card, allowing members to unlock a car2go and start their trip. Members can also continue to use their member card if they prefer. To use Mobile Access, members must first update their iOS or Android car2go app to version 2.0.
To Begin Your car2go Trip:
1. Arrive at your car2go vehicle
2. Select the vehicle on the car2go smartphone app
3. Click the vehicle detail box at the bottom of the screen
4. Hit "Start Rental" to begin your trip
To End Your car2go Trip:
1. Click "End Trip" on the navigational screen in the car2go vehicle
2. Return the car2go key in its respective holder
3. Close all doors – after 15 seconds the vehicle will lock
Available to car2go's over 900,000 registered members, the new feature works on car2go's entire fleet of over 12,500 car2go vehicles. With Regional Access, members are able to use the service seamlessly in each of car2go's 15 locations across North America.
Effective until December 21st, car2go will offer free car2go membership, along with 30 minutes of free drive time at car2gotime.com using promotional code CAR2GOTIME.
Today, car2go is the fastest-growing global carsharing company in eight countries and 30 cities, including Brooklyn, Austin, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Portland, Miami, Seattle, the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Columbus, Denver, Los Angeles (South Bay), Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.
For more information or to register to become a member of car2go, please visit car2go.com, follow @car2go on Twitter, or become a fan of car2go on Facebook.
To download photos of Mobile Access, please click here.
ABOUT CAR2GO NORTH AMERICA LLC
car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation and a brand of moovel GmbH, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of eco-friendly smart fortwo vehicles around the world. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. Today, car2go is the largest, fastest-growing global carsharing program with more than 900,000 registered members in 30 cities across the globe.
The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, "2014 Best CarSharing App" from Best of D.C., recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and media.daimler.com/ms/car2go/e.
Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes- Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers. For many years now, Daimler has been investing continually in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. So in addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now has the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2013, the Group sold 2.35 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 274,616 people; revenue totaled €118.0 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.