Getaround, a peer-to-peer carsharing platform, has announced its expansion into the Tri-State New Jersey area.
Now, car owners in Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken can earn money by renting out their cars. And those without cars can rent cars by the hour using the Getaround website, iOS, or Android apps.
"Launching in Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken, all of which have long been known for their push towards becoming tech-enabled, smart cities, was a natural next step for us as we strive to empower people everywhere to live car free through technology," said Jessica Scorpio, Getaround founder and chief marketing officer. "In becoming a part of the Northern New Jersey transportation network, not only are we able to provide locals with cars when they need them, but we also provide Manhattanites looking to get out of the city with more options to do so."
Getaround’s technology combines GPS, Bluetooth LE, and keyless remote technology, allowing renters to unlock the car from their mobile phones.
"With more than half of Hoboken residents commuting to work by public transportation, many only use their cars on weekends while others want to live car-free and avoid the cost and hassle of car ownership," said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "Peer-to-peer carsharing, like Getaround, is an innovative mobility option that meets the needs of both groups and can help to take cars off the road and reduce pollution and traffic."
Launched in 2011, Getaround is available to owners and renters in San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, Washington D.C., and now the Tri-State New Jersey and New York areas. Getaround plans to continue expansion to several new markets in 2017, according to the company.