90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Monday, November 14, 2011

Peer-To-Peer Car Sharing Takes Off

Examples of possible car rentals from Get Around. (Photo Courtesy of Getaround.com)

Examples of possible car rentals from Get Around. (Photo Courtesy of Getaround.com)

Your car spends a lot of time doing nothing — in parking lots and driveways. Meanwhile, there are people without cars who need them! So why not share?

Three separate San Francisco start-ups are matching car owners with people who want to rent them.

General Motors aligned with RelayRides. Daimler A-G runs Car-2-Go.

The third Bay area company, Getaround, is renting some cars for as little as $3 an hour. These companies hope to chip into Zipcar’s business, which charges a $60 annual fee in addition to an hourly rate (which varies depending on the city).

Getaround allows the car owners to pick and choose the renters, based on their age or driving record. Right now, Getaround is only operating in the San Francisco area, but if the business takes off there, it could spread around the country.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 16 9 Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

Mike Leeper was Juror No. 5 in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

April 15 Comment

‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.

April 15 Comment

Watson Can Win ‘Jeopardy!’ But Can It Cook?

IBM has created a new cooking app called Chef Watson. Eliza Strickland threw a dinner party to find out if it works.

April 14 122 Comments

Turkish Professor Concludes There Was An Armenian Genocide

While Turkey denies the killings were genocide, a Turkish professor explains how she arrived at the opposite conclusion.