GM debuts car sharing program: ‘Let’s Drive NYC’

Originally published at Daily News Autos on Oct. 2, 2015.

General Motors is debuting a new car-sharing program for Manhattan called “Let’s Drive NYC.”

The program will be available to eligible residents of The Ritz Plaza, a 479-unit apartment building in the Times Square area. This trial run will be a precursor to what could become a citywide program and also a program coming in another U.S. city in the first quarter of next year.

Users will have access to a GM-developed app to reserve vehicles and parking in any of 200 garages in Manhattan. The fleet will include two Chevrolet Equinox and eight Chevrolet Trax along with more vehicles to be added. The residents will receive credits for three hours of rentals per month and pay under $10 per hour up to $75 for a 24-hour reservation.

GM previously had a partnership with Google, testing a commuter ride-sharing service with their Chevrolet Spark EV. That program was app based and used trip patterns and schedules to match drivers and riders.

In Europe, Opel brand, a subsidiary of GM, recently released a peer-to-peer sharing service called CarUnity that incorporated dealers and their vehicles to use as sharing cars. Also in China earlier this year a fleet of electric concept cars were used at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai for a campus transport system.

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