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GoGet launches Oneway

Got it: A new service launched by Australia's first car-sharing network GoGet is now offering an option that increases flexibility for customers.

Single-leg Oneway service is 'holy grail' of car-sharing, says GoGet

General News logo18 May 2015

AUSTRALIA'S longest-running car-sharing company GoGet has expanded its services to include a new option that allows users to make one-way journeys.

Under the current arrangement, subscribers to the all-inclusive short-rental service are required to return the vehicle to its fixed “pod” parking space, but the new Oneway option allows users to drop the car at a location different to the origin.

With a the added flexibility, GoGet will function more similarly to a conventional car-rental service, with the first Oneway services appearing at major airports around the country over the coming months.

The initial GoGet service targeted individuals and urban-living couples who required occasional use of a vehicle but didn't want the ongoing expense associated with ownership, but now the company is focusing on businesses with Oneway.

GoGet says its services are allowing some companies to give up their more costly vehicle fleets and rely on car-share services instead, and the new Oneway option would be even more appealing.

“Imagine being able to arrive at the airport, hop into a car-share vehicle, drop it off in the city and then forget about it,” said GoGet CEO Tristan Sender. “That's what Oneway can offer.”

In a press release, GoGet said its network of vehicles and information technology had made it possible to expand into the logistically challenging area of one-way trips.

“Oneway is the holy grail of car-share, something that everyone wants, but is quite difficult to deliver,” the statement said. “It's a fairly big deal that GoGet has cracked. GoGet has built the functionality here in Australia, everything from the telematics to web interface.”

As with all GoGet services, Oneway includes vehicle, insurance, cleaning, fuel and maintenance costs, and customers still have a dedicated parking space at the completion of their one-way journey.

Users must register a credit card and account online and make bookings via the company's website ahead of the planned journey. Customers gain access to the car in its reserved parking space via a special pass card.

The company offers a range of membership plans according to how frequently a customer requires access to a car.

Launching in 2003, the car-sharing network has grown to serve 65,000 members with a fleet of 1800 vehicles, which is comprised mainly of hatchbacks but also includes vans, utes, and wagons.

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