Small, weird-looking smartcars are nothing new; there are plenty of them on the road, especially in cities where space is at a premium. But Toyota has launched something that makes great use of its zippy 3-wheeled i-Road vehicles: a new car-sharing service that integrates with a city's existing transit system.
Zipcar, the rent-by-the-hour car sharing service of choice for broke urban Millennials, has one hugely glaring and annoying flaw: after you check out a Zipcar, you have to put it back where you found it. Now they're about to unveil a new program that will fix that.
Earlier this morning Avis announced that it would be acquiring the car-sharing service Zipcar for roughly half a billion dollars, a deal that's expected to close by the spring. But some investors believe the offer grossly undervalues Zipcar, and have launched an investigation to try to scuttle the deal.
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One of the more interesting things you can do with the iPhone is use it as a remote control for other devices. Since the iPhone App Store launched almost two years ago, developers have created hundreds of remote control applications.
First shown at WWDC, the free app can extend reservations, browse available models, and find your car—on a map, or by honking the horn remotely. It's a polished effort, but you still can't forget your Zipcard. Here's why:
Hertz is jumping into Zipcar's territory with its new Connect service, offering short-term rentals via membership for young urban folk to load up on gourmet groceries or Swedish particle board furniture.