CarShare Atlantic launches one-way carsharing

The impact of ridesharing is gaining further traction in Canada, as OEMs continue to grapple with the impact of new shared mobility services. Carshare Atlantic, the first shared mobility service provider in the Maritimes, has announced the release of FLEX, a new ridesharing service. Members will be able to use the service to pick up and drop off the new hybrid cars at any location on street within a set geographical area or in special parking locations in downtown Halifax, said a news release.

Over the next few weeks, the first group of 20 cars will join the company’s current fleet of 44 vehicles which was first launched in 2008. All 1,400 current CarShare Atlantic members are automatically eligible to use the service.

Subscribers will be able to use the FLEX smartphone app, block it for free for 30  , to give them time to reach the vehicle, access it with their key fob, and leave the vehicle somewhere else, on street or in special parking depots in the operating zone.

New members can join the FLEX service with a one-time fee of $35, payable at registration. An annual or monthly membership fee is not required to use the service. FLEX cars will be available to members at a price of 0.41$/minute or $12/hour which includes 100 free kilometres.

Communauto, a pioneer of carsharing services in North America, is the collaborative partner and mentor of CarShare Atlantic’s FLEX project.

“This service will make it even more compelling for residents to combine transit, active mobility, taxi and carsharing for their mobility needs,” said Communauto CEO, Benoit Robert in a statement. “We believe that FLEX will become a very popular option and we count on being able to increase the fleet and operating zone soon”.

The Flex project is powered by technology provider ETL Electronique, a Canadian Company that specializes in telemetry for transportation.

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