SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Getaround, the leading peer-to-peer car-sharing platform, announced its expansion into the greater Boston area. Previously, car-sharing in Boston was limited to just options for a renter, but now, car owners can participate in the sharing economy by renting out their cars to people nearby. Those without cars can easily discover and rent cars by the hour using the Getaround website, iOS or Android apps. With thousands of users in Boston looking to rent cars this spring and summer for weekend road trips, mid-week apartment moves and daily errands, now is the time for car owners to list their cars and start earning money.
"We are thrilled to launch in Boston, an early adopter of car-sharing, and one that is dense with people, cars and a good transportation system," said Jessica Scorpio, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. "Good transportation systems often times lead to people leaving their cars unused, which through Getaround can provide car-free residents with an innovative transportation option taking cars off the road, reducing pollution and traffic and helping the car owner earn extra income. It's a win-win for everyone."
Getaround is the only company to make car-sharing safe, keyless and seamless through the Getaround mobile app and Getaround Connect™. This award-winning, proprietary technology, combines GPS, Bluetooth LE and keyless remote technology allowing renters to unlock the car from their mobile phones and eliminating the need for owners to provide keys to the renter in-person.
"Boston is a hub for innovation, and I'm pleased to welcome Getaround's unique services to Boston's growing list of startups," said Boston Chief of Economic Development John Barros.
Within two months of the company's soft launch in March 2017, there are already about 50 cars live and available to rent on Getaround in the greater Boston area. These cars can be discovered and booked through the website and mobile app today. Car owners have the potential to earn hundreds of dollars per month funding their car payment, groceries or next vacation. Getaround handles background and license checks and provides insurance to ensure both owner and renter have peace of mind.
"Getaround's smart technology integration, which allows renters to unlock my car from their phones while I'm sitting at my desk or not near my car, makes Getaround the best car-sharing option out there," said Brandon Crowe, Getaround user and Boston resident. "Not only does the technology save me time and energy, but the money I make from renting out my car covers my lease and fuels a night out or weekend trip with friends."
Since launching Getaround in 2011, car owners across the country have made significant money by sharing their cars on the platform. Read more stories about those owners on the Getaround blog.
For those who don't own cars and want to rent one by the hour, they can open the mobile app or head to www.getaround.com to find and book a car nearby.
In addition to creating economic opportunity for car owners in Boston, Getaround will be creating local jobs as the company looks to open a Boston office and hire around five people within the next several months.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Getaround is available to owners and renters in San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, Washington D.C., the Tri-State New Jersey and New York areas and now Boston. With its mission to maximize the cars that already exist and ultimately take cars off the road, the company plans to continue expansion to several new markets in 2017. The Tri-State New Jersey and New York area was launched earlier in April, and the Boston area is the second new market to be launched this year and hot on the heels of the company's announcement of its $45M Series C round of financing. The company has also recently secured a number of strategic partnerships to broaden the ways its technology can be used, including a technology integration with Toyota, alongside partnerships with Uber and top carmakers, transforming consumer access to mobility.
Getaround empowers people to safely share cars by the hour and day. Combining Getaround Connect™, the patented connected car technology, with auto insurance, Getaround creates a seamless sharing experience. Getaround members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. Owners share cars ranging from a smartcar to a Tesla earning thousands in extra income each year to offset the high cost of car ownership, while making a positive impact on the environment. Getaround currently has nearly half a million users with thousands of cars available to rent instantly in 14 cities across the U.S. For more information visit Getaround.com, download our iPhone or Android app, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.