Turo, formerly Relay Rides, is a car sharing company that started in San Francisco, CA in 2009. The Turo experience is like a car rental version of Airbnb: car owners rent out their vehicles to people who want a cheaper option that that provided by car rental companies.
The company launched nationally in March of 2012 and is currently available in over 2,500 cities and over 300 airports throughout the United States. Turo is supported by top-tier investors, including August Capital, Google Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Canaan Partners, and Trinity Ventures.
Uber is one of the big names in the new field of peer-to-peer ride-sharing. With an easy-to-use app and huge coverage areas, Uber allows anyone to get a ride at anytime with a few clicks on a smartphone. Founded in March 2009, Uber has grown to offer services throughout the United States and in 57 countries worldwide, helping to change the way we view ride-sharing. It also has fed the craving for customized service that is so prevalent today. Below, we look at some of the main concerns about Uber’s ride-sharing services, including price, speed, safety, and user-friendliness.
Lyft is a transportation network that facilitates peer-to-peer ridesharing. They connect people who need a car with drivers. Using the Lyft app, riders can look up drivers in their area and even request which drivers they want. When the company first began in 2012, they stood out by putting bright pink, furry mustaches on the grill of their cars. Today, the large fury mustaches have been replaced with 5-inch-long glowing pink mustaches. Lyft now operates in 29 states and 59 cities.
While car sharing has been expanding as an industry, so have peer-to-peer ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. GetAround is a unique service that combines these two great ideas—giving you, essentially, peer-to-peer car sharing. Thousands of car owners offer their vehicles to be rented by GetAround members whenever, wherever (limits set by car owners). Adding to the draw of GetAround is the convenient in-app reservation method. Like ride-sharing companies, users’ transactions are all completed in a paperless and convenient fashion. This fresh take on car sharing is growing rapidly all over the US, with no end in sight.
Zimride is the largest web-based ridesharing and carpooling network in North America, serving customers through a private network of more than 130 universities and corporate campuses, attracting more than 300,000 users. The company was founded in 2007 by Logan Green and John Zimmer, who’ve since gone on to create the on-demand transportation network company Lyft. Green and Zimmer started Zimride with the goal of making it easier for university students to carpool home during the holidays and on weekends. The audience eventually expanded to the general public in cities such as San Francisco and Austin, Texas. In 2013, Zimride was sold to Enterprise Holdings. At the time, Zimride offered public, as well private network use, of its services. In January, 2015, Enterprise announced that it was no longer taking Zimride reservations from the general public and, instead, was focusing on its core business of providing ride-matching services to university, business and governmental partners.
vRide is a ridesharing platform that offers you an economical way to work. This company has been serving commuters for over 30 years saving people money each year. They are about service” and “value”. This is a company that gives you an out of having to drive a single occupant driver to and from work.They are driven by a philosophy of environmental responsibility and corporate decency which permeates all of their actions.
GroundLink was founded in 2003 with the goal of providing a car-sharing service that is "on time every time." The GroundLink product is comprised of providing a chauffeured black car service that offers point to point and airport transfer rides to corporate clients and leisure travels. Their services are located in most major cities and over 110 countries. The GroundLink platform offers comfortable, reliable, and affordable car-sharing through their "black car" network.
Go Curb, previously named Taxi Magic, is yet another app within the world of taxi frenzies. In a world dominated primarily by Ubers and Lyfts, this company has still managed to reach a fair level of success. Offered in Vancouver and in 60 different cities across the United States, they offer 35,000 cars and collaborate with 90 different cab companies. Essentially, there is a major difference between Go Curb and other car service companies; Go Curb is a mediator, offering clients car services by reaching out to other companies, unlike most other companies.
A subsidiary of Hertz, Hertz 24/7 is an international car sharing program that allows drivers to access temporary (hourly or daily) vehicle rentals in any serviced area. A cheaper alternative to buying or renting a car for long periods, Hertz 24/7 gives drivers opportunities to drive when they need a car and to go carless when they don’t. Hertz 24/7 cars can be reserved via smartphone app or the Hertz website, and paid for in the same way.
UHaulCarShare® is part of the U-Haul International, Inc. This service provides an alternative to buying or renting a car for long periods of time, giving drivers access to a vehicle when and where they need it. Users can simply reserve a vehicle online or via mobile app, use it for the needed period of time, and return it. All transactions are taken care of online for maximum convenience, and long-term costs of buying and renting are gone forever. UHaulCarShare® is easy to join and may change the way you get around forever.