GM Introduces Maven Car-Sharing Service
General Motors, which recently acquired Sidecar and invested millions in Lyft, announced Maven on Thursday, its own competitor to Zipcar.
The car-sharing service will use new GM vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, and a 4G LTE Internet connection.
Maven is now available in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and will initially focus on providing car-sharing services to faculty and students at the University of Michigan, using 21 parking spots across the city. The automaker plans to launch the service in multiple major metropolitan areas later this year.
Maven will offer a car-sharing service for Chicago residents in partnership with Magellan Development Group. It currently has, with Stonehenge Partners, an existing residential program in New York City that was known as Let’s Drive NYC and that too will be expanded. The service will also offer peer-to-peer car sharing via the CarUnity marketplace in Germany.
The price for the least expensive Maven vehicles, a Chevrolet Volt or Spark, is $6 per hour. A Chevrolet Malibu is available at $8 per hour and the service’s largest vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, costs $12 per hour. Daily rates are also available and the price includes insurance and fuel.
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