Smart thinks they have a new way around the usual hassles associated with renting a car, so the company is introducing a new concept called car2go.
Renting a car is normally the worst part of any trip, as long lines and bad service conspire to drive even the most patient people towards insanity. Smart thinks they have a new way around the usual hassles associated with renting a car, so the company is introducing a new concept called car2go.
The city of Ulm, Germany will serve as the test bed for this new concept where a total of 50 smart cars will be available for rent. In order to rent a car, customers must go through a one-time registration process and then they can swipe their driver’s license over a reader in the windscreen to unlock the car. Upon entering the car, the driver enters their PIN code and then they can drive off. When finished with the vehicle, simply drop it off anywhere in the city limits and walk away.
Using car2go costs 19 cents per minute, but reduced rates are available for those who expect to use the vehicles for a long time. A service team travels the city to clean, refuel, and ensure the vehicles are in perfect working order. If you find the particular car you rent is running low on fuel, a pre-paid fuel card is in the glove compartment. The cars also come with navigation system and a telephone which connects to the service center should any problems arise.
Car2go will have dedicated parking spaces at railway stations and airports, users can also locate a car with their cell phone or the internet.