Nissan launches car-sharing ownership scheme

Nissan launches car-sharing ownership scheme

Drivers making similar journeys will be matched to one another using social media as part of a new car-sharing scheme from Nissan.

The scheme will give people the chance to become members of localised car sharing clubs – with members grouped into “communities” that own a single Nissan Micra between them.

Subscribers will split car parking and fuel costs, depending on how much they use the vehicle. 

A pilot of the scheme, called Nissan Intelligent Get & Go, will begin in Paris next year. 

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The service was revealed by company chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, at Web Summit in Lisbon.

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He said the scheme will use an Acenta-spec 0.9-litre Micra with a Bose sound system.

The cost of membership will  include insurance, servicing, access to the online community and the smartphone app that will play host to the service.

Nissan hopes the cars will be used as efficiently as possible and will always be available for the registered drivers.

Mr Ghosn said: "We are moving toward a future where car usage may be more flexible, social and shared. At Nissan, we're pioneering new ways to allow drivers to enjoy the freedom and financial benefits of shared car ownership."

Drivers sharing each vehicle will be able to communicate with one another through a smartphone app to make sure the car is not double-booked.

Each set of sharing drivers cannot use the car for more than a total of 15,000km per year, Nissan has said.

It is not yet clear how the technology will work or how Nissan will gain access to users' social media feeds. Neither is it known how their location will be tracked.

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Car-sharing apps are becoming increasingly popular, with Jaguar

Land Rover announcing it will launch its own app earlier this year.

Details on the scheme, called InMotion, are scarce but the service will first be offered to Jaguar and Land Rover customers, before being made more widely available.

Manufacturers have also started to invest in car sharing companies, with General Motors investing in Lyft, Volkswagen buying a stake in Gett, and Toyota investing in Uber.

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