Bay Area peer-to-peer car-sharing service wants to help people Getaround 

click to enlarge Jessica Scorpio founded car-sharing service Getaround with other students at Singularity University in Mountain View. (Courtesy photo) - JESSICA SCORPIO FOUNDED CAR-SHARING SERVICE GETAROUND WITH OTHER STUDENTS AT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY IN MOUNTAIN VIEW. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Jessica Scorpio founded car-sharing service Getaround with other students at Singularity University in Mountain View. (Courtesy photo)
  • Jessica Scorpio founded car-sharing service Getaround with other students at Singularity University in Mountain View. (Courtesy photo)

As one of the co-founders of Getaround, a Bay Area peer-to-peer car-sharing service, Jessica Scorpio, 24, is dedicated to battling car overpopulation. The service is free to join via Facebook. Hourly rental rates vary, and car owners can make a few thousand to $10,000 a year.

How did this concept come about? We were students at Singularity University, a graduate studies school in the Bay Area near Mountain View. We were trying to come up with a big idea that would have a positive impact on the world. We thought our transportation system needs a lot of help.

What effect does car-sharing have on the environment? We found out about some of the trends of car-sharing. When people switch to car-sharing from car ownership, they reduce their vehicle miles traveled by 44 percent and thus their greenhouse gas emissions go down by like 40 percent.
 
You guys use an iPhone app with the service. Can you talk about that? It allows you to get into the rental car with your smartphone. We have some cars that are equipped with our hardware. What happens is the renter can go up to the car and unlock the doors and get in, and the keys are in the car.



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