The Rise Of Car Sharing Programs
from the thanks-to-technology dept
Car sharing programs aren’t all that new, but it appears that new technology is making them much easier to manage. It’s not just about being able to reserve a car online, but in how users can unlock and use a car. There are a few different systems, but they use things like an RFID-enabled card to unlock the car doors (only if that cardholder reserved the car, obviously) and then unlocking the ignition as well. The car also monitors when it’s on and where it is, so it knows whether or not to charge you for going over your reserved time. Of course, it’s not hard to see how this could be taken even further with mobile technology. Instead of having to reserve a car via a computer, it shouldn’t be that hard to use a GPS system in a phone to locate the nearest available car, get directions to that car, and then be able to unlock the car via the phone itself.