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Car2go Grows Up, Gets Mercedes-Benz Fleet

When you’re young and carefree, a two-seat car seems fine. Why pay for seats you don’t need? And then you find, through kids and coworkers, that you do need more seats. So you get a bigger car. It turns out that it’s not just us—car sharing companies have the same issue. After five years in…

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Smart Cars Get Smarter

If you thought smart cars were weird little things, well, they’re about to get weirder. Or cooler, depending on your point of view. But they’ll still be little things. This concept from Mercedes-Benz (owner of smart and car sharing service car2go) is called the smart EQ fortwo. It’s been designed for a fully autonomous, shared,…

BOOK by Cadillac

Finally, A Personal Fleet for Everyone! Almost.

by Sara Lacey I’ve always thought it would be awesome to have a personal fleet of vehicles. On busy days of local errand-running, I’d employ my EV.  Trip skiing or camping? I’d bust out my trusty SUV. Date night with friends would have me calling on my four-door sedan. For most people, myself included, the…

Hail Yes: Ride Hailing for Families

by Sara Lacey Are you the head chauffeur in your family? Have you had to make decisions at times about which kid is going to get to their activity at the expense of your other kid and their thing? Have you wondered how you are going to work late and get your kids where they…

Before Sharing, Check Your Insurance

You’ve got a pretty nice car and some extra time. You consider yourself an excellent driver, and you’re quite polite and personable. You could make some pretty good cash if you got into the ride-sharing and ride-hailing game, you think. Maybe you could, but before you do read the fine print on your auto insurance…

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I Finally Try Car Sharing for Myself

Car2go has been letting people share fleets of smart fortwo vehicles in the United States since 2010, when the car sharing service was imported from Europe to Austin, Texas. Portland, Oregon, was the fourth city in the States to get a fleet, in 2012. I’ve written about car sharing a few times over the years.…

The Carsplaining Glossary

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Cruise control that uses sensors, like radar, to maintain a constant distance between your car and the car in front of you on the highway. The driver usually has some control over the following distance. ADAS: Advanced driver assistance systems. Baby steps on the scale of autonomous driving, like adaptive cruise control…