Rent cars from people in your community
With bicycle commuting having become an increasingly popular mode of transportation, some drivers are also becoming less dependent on their cars. Whether it’s for environmental, health or financial reasons, more people are reconsidering both their degree of car ownership and the extent to which they use their gas guzzlers.
The idea of loaning out one’s car to a perfect stranger may seem unadvisable, but people are getting more comfortable with it. San Francisco startup RelayRides has been matching up car owners with drivers in its hometown and Boston since 2010. Now, a new partnership with General Motors will see RelayRides advertising its service to the 6 million GM car owners who subscribe to OnStar, GM’s communications and assistance program. Of course, while car sharing services typically cater to those avoiding ownership, GM is hoping that after taking a spin in one of their rides, some of those renters will change their minds