Getaround is a car sharing service like Zipcar, except that it uses people's private vehicles instead of a fleet. It's a bit like AirBnB for cars. Getaround is part of the "collaborative consumption" movement, which believes that if we could share things we don't use most of the time it would be better for us in a lot of ways. Sharing cars means less cars on the road, which means less pollution, and generally less "stuff."
I'd never used Getaround and a few weeks ago I was trying to figure out why. I pinged Jessica, one of the founders, and told her that what I'd realized was that I didn't want to have to go to someone's house and "borrow" their car. The thought of actually interacting with the owner of a car was awkward enough that it had kept me from trying the service.
Jessica told me about a new type of rental they now have called "Instant," where I can use the Getaround mobile app to rent a car instantly and unlock it with my phone, meaning I wouldn't have to meet the owner or wait for approval. (This dovetails really well into my recent blogs about the power of mobile and apps to transform businesses, and how Fortune 1000 CEOs are going to get fired for missing it.) Getaround Instant was exactly what I was looking for, so my brother-in-law Dal and I decided to give it a try.
I had a few hiccups that Getaround is still working through (for example, Getaround verifies a driver's driving history with the DMV in real-time, and since my last name has a hyphen in it, but the DMV doesn't account for hyphens, my rental request initially broke Getaround's booking system. But both Jessica and Matt were very proactive at resolving these speed bumps). Overall the process was incredibly smooth:
Side note: I'm a huge fan of Tesla and the Model S, and the opportunity to actually drive one for just $25/hr was what got me to try Getaround. If you'd like to learn more about the Model S you can check out this blog I wrote about a Tesla factory tour I took and this blog I wrote about how I bought TSLA stock because I believe in the founder, Elon Musk.
I also got Getaround to offer my readers a special coupon. Use code "drodio25" to get $25 off a rental, for up to 25% off the total rental bill. The code is good through June 15th, 2013.
The Model S is an incredible car. I mean, truly incredible. Before you go out and by a new car, rent one from Getaround first, so you can experience it. I personally am going to have a very hard time going back to gasoline vehicles after having experienced the Tesla.
Here are a few videos of my experience, with pictures below that:
Part 1: Unlocking the Model S
Part 2: Starting it up
Part 3: Insane torque
Part 4: Accelerate!
Here are a few pictures of the rental.
hey what a nice car ! I would like to rent for prom. is it possible im in Miami
$25 per HOUR!? Yeah the "mobile revolution" is great, for upper class people with money to burn. But this or Uber etc cost way to much for us regular folk to use on a regular basis.
What if you want to rent it for longer then just a day. How would you recharge?
It looks aerodynamic too. Do you know what the 0-60 sec. time is? You are a groundbreaking guru. Is that service available in SoCal?
Does it have air suspension and does the coupon have 25 dollar off rental?
Thanks for sharing your experience (and your AMAZING photos) Daniel! And thank you for letting us share your post on our blog as well:
Thanks for the article! I always hear car pooling being suggested for transportation, but had never heard of this!
Love the GetAround business model. And love it more now with a Tesla Model S on board. Great review all the way around. I'm waiting for a ZipCar model to appear with an all Tesla Model S line up some where. What do you think?
*You should license some of your photos to GetAround or Tesla. Great stuff.
Got a good belly laugh from the photos of you at the gas station!
Thanks for the coupon... I want try Getaround now, especially if I can book a Tesla (any one of them) in the DC area (in all my "free time"... got three kids now so that's kinda low).
Do it if you can. You'll never want to go back to a gasoline powered car!
Daniel, The article this link connects to discusses
"adoption" of Electric based on leasing the battery.
That would reduce the acquisition PRICE of the
Moto-Carriage and the COST of 'SUN LIGHT FUEL'
transferred to the TESLA BATTERY NETWORK.
instead of Shell,Exxon or BP.
But without uniform standards it is just a captive market.
Edison won that game and Tesla was relegated to obscurity
in the "He who writes history wins" game. Any wonder
that the "Rock Squeezers" are squeezing the last penny
out of us and the Earth ?
If I weren't so passionate about the ways that mobile devices are changing the world, I'd be spending my time in one of the following three areas: Crypto currencies like Bitcoin, the commercialization of drones, and the rise of 3D printing.
Oh, time is so our enemy. Even a long-lived life only amounts to 750,000 hours or so. And as per my recent keynote at the 2013 Mobile Outlook on a "Framework for Stupid Ideas," one of my guiding principles is to "focus on focus" to maximize the value of each of those hours. Since mobile is my deepest passion, I'm not willing to dedicate the time to dive into any of these other things.
Another of my framework points is to play in a "space that matters." And these three spaces really, really matter -- that much will be obvious to everyone in the span of a few years. So I'm hoping that some other entrepreneur will be as passionate about one of these three spaces as I am about mobile. I figured I'd present a few highlights from each of them to showcase why they're such a big deal.
This weekend, Telsa held an exclusive Model X preview for reservation holders. As the CEO of a mobile startup, I have mad respect for Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla. Here's a guy who, after starting and selling PayPal, started not one, but two companies with prescient timing: Tesla and SpaceX. As gas heads towards $5/gallon (with the imminent threat of shooting up higher) and the US retires its Space Shuttle program, Elon's two startups are positioned perfectly. For more background on Tesla, take a look at the blog post I wrote after touring the Tesla Factory.
Critics are raving over the Model X. As someone who's passionate about cars & motorcycles and hopeful for the future of electric vehicles that perform as well or better than their fossil fuel burning brethern, I was originally a reservation holder for the Model S. When I saw the Model X, I immediately swapped my reservation out. Now I'm #486 on the list for a Model X. You can get a reservation of your own here -- it's a $5k refundable deposit. Your only risk, really, is that Tesla doesn't stay viable as a company, but as someone in the tech industry, I really believe in Elon, his vision, and his ability to execute. I'm willing to take that risk.