Take this weekend to test drive Atlanta’s fleet of car-sharing services – each with their own custom features and trimmings.
Simply push a button and for a fee, Uber will send a car and professional driver to where you are to take you where you need to go in town. Go chauffer-chic in a high-end ride — an SUV trip in an automobile like the Lincoln Navigator starts with a $14 base fare, plus $1 or $4.25 per mile after that, depending on your speed. No fuss necessary? UberX’s casual, budget-friendly cars like a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord will suffice. The base fare is $3, and then $2 a mile after that if the car’s going more than 11 mph; $.35 cents a mile for a grueling pace.
Under the hood of “Your friend with a car,” users can hail a ride via their mobile phones and have a quirky, hot pink mustached car pick them up. You can’t miss it.
SideCar’s smartphone app matches everyday people in their own car with people nearby for shared rides. Plug in a destination and it tells you if someone can pick you up, suggesting a “donation” determined by the passenger. www.side.cr/
TAKE THE WHEEL
The tagline “Wheels when you want them” couldn’t be more fitting. Sign up, pick up a zip-car marked vehicle for as long as you want and return it to the same location when you’re done.
Unlike traditional car rental services, RelayRides neither owns the vehicles nor maintains them. Instead, they are offer a platform for car owners and renters to connect in a peer-to-peer car sharing model. Owners set the prices and RelayRides gets $25 of the cut for their facilitation services.