Are you ready to rent out your car? – ‘Personal Car Sharing’ brings in $2-300/month

Have you ever thought about renting out your car, like an automobile version of Airbnb?

The trend is catching on as “personal car sharing” comes to Los Angeles in March 2012 다운로드. It already exists in Boston and San Francisco as a distinct service compared to Zipcar, which rents out cars owned by Zipcar-itself.

RelayRides, based in Boston, is expanding a service that allows car owners to rent their vehicles to other licensed drivers by the hour or the day 레미제라블 ost.

Personal car sharing was legalized in California last year, but RelayRides and the other two companies that offered the service in the state (Getaround and Spride) operated only in San Francisco 구글 확장프로그램 동영상.

“AB 1871 allows Californians to rent their cars by the hour to offset their costs of ownership, as well as cars’ impact on the environment 오피스 믹스 다운로드. Previously, California law prevented personal cars from being rented for commercial use.

Under the new law, individuals who rent their personal cars need to carry auto-insurance levels at least three times greater than the state’s current minimums of $15,000 for injury/death to one person, $30,000 for injury/death to more than one person and $5,000 for damage to property.” via Greenspace

Car sharing would seem to work best where “it’s easy to live without a car,” Clark said, meaning a dense city with good public transportation 다운로드. In areas such as L.A., where the opposite is true, Clark expects car sharing will be used as an alternative to buying a second or third car.

“A lot of families always need one car and sometimes need two,” Clark said 4k 뮤직 비디오 다운로드. “Right now, their only option is to round up. The only way to access that car when they need it is to own one.”

The starting price for RelayRides rentals is $5 per hour and includes gas, 20 miles of driving and insurance 다운로드. RelayRides keeps 35% of the rental cost. The remaining 65% goes to the car owner. Monthly payments, which average $250, are sent to owners.

via LA Times

 

From RelayRides:

Total convenience – No more walking a mile to some gas station to pick up a car: RelayRides cars live where you live 세븐틴 어쩌나 다운로드! Whether it’s down the block, across the street, or in your neighbor’s driveway, RelayRides cars are always conveniently located.

 

Entrepreneurs Taking on Cabs

A few years ago I was in New York chatting with a cabby. The fellow was dirty, smelly, and overweight but fun to talk to. Especially since we were asking him about the black sedans that were all over the city 다운로드. You can get in one, trade cell phone numbers with the driver, and have your own personal sedan service.

The cabby completely hated those sedans 외부자들 97회 다운로드. He said they were unregulated and dangerous. They were obviously stealing business from the city regulated cabs. Throughout the whole conversation he didn’t say one thing that would deter me from taking the sedan 다운로드.

I mean who doesn’t want to be in a clean black sedan with tinted windows, leather seats, and a clean driver in a suit?

Turns out I’m not the only one wants this 다운로드. The personal sedan service in NYC is booming and so is Uber the start-up trying to capitalize on the business 스케치업 보너스팩 다운로드.

The company operates in a super efficient system. You text that you need a ride, they pick you up and drive you to your destination, and the price/tip is automatically charged to your card 은전한닢 다운로드.

Right now the company only operates in San Francisco and NYC, but it won’t be long until it spreads like Zipcars.

That is if it can overcome the city bureaucracy, cab unions, and government law suits 다운로드.

MG Siegler has written up how the city has slapped them with 20,000 hours of jail time with a cease-and-desist letter 맥스 페인. The latter link goes into detail on why the company is so disruptive and threatening to the traditional cab system. It’s a fun read and super exciting for it’s revolutionary prospects in taxi industry (aka make it easier, cleaner, and safer) 다운로드.

I’ll go on the record right now and say that cabbies can be real a-holes. They seem to drive like they own the streets and can do whatever they want 다운로드. Cleanliness, A/C, and politeness are like a dice roll. It’s as if they have a monopoly and are in need of competition…

We’ll see what happens with particular attention focused on tomorrow’s San Francisco cab strike and Uber’s half off discount during the strike, lol.