New Car2Go vehicles give renters comforts of personal vehicles

Wed, 2015-08-19 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Car2Go vehicles are for sharing. The service from Council Lead Partner Daimler gives city dwellers wheels when they need them. But even though the cars are shared, the new version of the vehicles, rolling out now in Vancouver, B.C., are much more personal.

Car2Go is rolling out 1,250 of the new cars in Vancouver, giving that city the company’s largest fleet. Vancouver is the first Car2Go city to get the next generation vehicles. They will also be showcased at Smart Cities Week, Sept. 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The third-generation vehicles feature comforts you’d expect from a personal vehicle.

The upgraded Car2Go vehicles will pair with your smartphone, allowing you to make wireless, hands-free calls and listen to music on your smartphone through the car’s stereo system. The cars are equipped to recharge your phone while you’re on your way to a destination. Navigation is also included, providing turn-by-turn directions on a dashboard screen.

Car2Go lets residents of nearly three dozen cities rent cars without reservations with their smartphones. Renters pay only for the minutes they are behind the wheel. Gasoline, parking and insurance are included. The service has been especially popular in Vancouver where it attracted 15,000 members in its first year.

More to see at Smart Cities Week
Smart Cities Week, the first major smart cities conference and exhibition in North America, will serve as a showcase for a variety of innovative technologies that will help shape the future of cities. Here are some of the other fascinating technologies that will be on display.

Civic Resource Group, a Council Associate Partner, is giving all Smart Cities Week attendees an opportunity to experience augmented reality for themselves. Its CivicAR technology is designed to help connect people to their surroundings. Based on where users are and what they are doing, it provides relevant resources and information. A special app, exclusively for Smart Cities Week attendees, will help them get more from the event.

Real smart cities solutions in action
Council Lead Partner IBM will demonstrate three of its Smarter Cities Solutions, which help cities better respond to emergencies, improve traffic flow and help police prevent and better respond to public safety threats.

Cisco, a Council Lead Partner, will demonstrate how connectivity is transforming cities. It will demonstrate Internet of Everything solutions for urban services from public safety and smart lighting to parking and city infrastructure management.

Cubic Transportation Systems and MasterCard, both of which are Council Lead Partners, will demonstrate how cities can use traveler and commuter data to make smarter planning decisions, boosting the economy.

And there will be many others too.

Register now for Smart Cities Week …
Access to the Smart Cities Week exhibition is free, but pre-registration is required. Attendees can also register for the full Smart Cities Week strategic program, which features four unique tracks designed to touch on key issues facing cities today. Registered members of the Smart Cities Council receive a 25% discount on conference fees. Use this link to claim your discount.