Getaround Launches in Austin, Texas

Peer-to-peer car-sharing company Getaround announced March 6 its official launch in Austin, Texas. This announcement closely follows the company's February launch in the greater Portland metropolitan area with a $1.7 million federal grant and expands its reach to four major cities.

Additionally, Getaround was recently recognized by business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan as a leader in the peer-to-peer car sharing market for its business model, innovation in technology and leadership in the industry.

"Our goal when we founded Getaround was to empower people to share cars everywhere," said Getaround co-founder and CEO Sam Zaid. "Car sharing requires consumers to think differently and the viability of car sharing hinges on community. Our members like that Getaround connects them with people who share similar community values and interests. With this in mind we've carefully selected the markets in which we've entered thus far and are proud to be in Austin."

In addition to announcing its service in Austin, Jessica Scorpio, co-founder and director of marketing at Getaround, will be speaking at the city's SXSW conference. As a part of the "Launching Companies in Regulated Industries" panel, she will highlight ways to combat the variety of issues faced by technology start-ups launching in regulated industries.

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Five Business Model Trends for 2017

As new forms of mobility take flight, the borders with traditional car rental are starting to erode.

Are Commercial Drone Deliveries Eminent in the U.S.?

Amazon just delivered its first package by drone in England. Will U.S. delivery fleets be able to take advantage soon?

Autonomous Vehicles and the Changing Role of the Fleet Manager

With fewer drivers and substantially longer fleet lifecycles, fleet managers will pivot to new job functions.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.