Urban transport revolution – Car2go

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Since arriving in america earlier this summer I’ve been fascinated by the cars. The licence plates, trying to see all fifty states plates, and figuring out how catalogue them (st8pl8 for android). The cars themselves, muscle cars like mustangs, corvettes, and Chryslers, the huge pickup trucks (for city living, mind) and then there are the whacky, insane and downright strange ones. I saw a guys bonnet (hood, as the locals say) blow right off his car and miss a little girl walking by no more than two feet. The guy I bought my mattress from on craigslist delivered it on the back of a convertible, tied down with twine.
The busses here are ran on clean natural gas rather than diesel or petrol like home. Nice one, MTS (San Diego metropolitan transit service).

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But the coolest thing by far I’ve seen are the communal car2go cars. They’re smart car sized, and operated by any subscriber to the service. There’s an initial once off fee and then you only get charged by the distance you drive. They’re electric, so it can be clean energy with no pollution. You don’t own the car, you just use it when you need it. You use your smartphone to see where the closest one is to you (there are 3 available within 600 metres at the time of writing this post.) You then use your smartphone to unlock the vehicle and drive to the destination, then park up, get out and the car is ready for use by the next user. Since these cars are electric, you can also view the amount of power and therefore range of your car (you can use this low-on-power car to get you to a full car if you need… Cheeky!)

Check it out, there are services available in several cities, and I believe the idea started in Europe, so its a little bit of home while away, sharing with your fellow man!

http://sandiego.car2go.com/