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GM to Begin OnStar Carsharing: Anyone Have an Available Corvette?

By Jason Davis | October 05, 2011
General Motors today announced an exclusive relationship with RelayRides, the world's first peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace. Under the deal, millions of car-less commuters will gain access to privately-owned but unused GM vehicles. RelayRides is currently building a Smartphone reservation app for GM's OnStar, where car-lords will be able to set their vehicle rates and availability. “We’re using technology to make both our older and newest models carshare ready and available for those owners who choose to participate in carsharing,” said Stephen Girsky, GM vice chairman. “Our goal is to find ways to broaden our customer reach, reduce traffic congestion in America’s largest cities and address urban mobility concerns.” Founded in 2010, RelayRides is currently available in San Francisco and Boston. As of this summer, there were 640,000 users nationwide, and RelayRides speculates that number could jump to 4.4 million by 2016. “RelayRides has always worked toward providing the safest, most advanced, peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, where neighbors can help out one another by making their frequently unused car available to those who live nearby,” said RelayRides Chief Executive Officer André Haddad. “With the new GM relationship, RelayRides can leverage the OnStar technology to make carsharing even more convenient, with nothing more than a mobile app. Carsharing has never been easier.” Automotive.com's take: For many people (us included), cars are as personal as underwear or a toothbrush. Since we're not very fond of sharing those very personal things with other people, the same thing goes for our cars. The last time we let a friend drive our whip, it came back with different seat and radio controls, and it smelled like French fries. This does, however, raise a few questions: How does this "reduce traffic congestion" if our unused vehicle is now not unused? What if we don't have a Smarty-pants-phone? Or, how will RR or GM ensure that some owners don't collude to raise prices? And, what happens if some no-talent hack wrecks my ride? It's too early to say for certain, but we suspect that this program might be too weird for most Americans… Source: General Motors
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Dallas D Rose
Dallas D Rose

Can this process be done with a 2004 RV ? It is really nice and would rather rent it out then have to sell it. It is for sale though. Thank You, Dallas D. Rose

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