AUSTIN, TX – car2go, the largest one-way carsharing
service in North America with over one million members in the U.S. and Canada,
today will expand access of its free online road safety courses to all 625,000 U.S.
members. The expansion of car2go’s 2017 road safety course pilot program,
which rewarded members who completed the program with free drive-time
credit, further strengthens car2go’s commitment to road safety goals.
The free online courses, which normally cost up to $49.95 each, focus on road
safety and distracted driving. They are provided by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization widely recognized as America’s leading safety
advocate for more than 100 years.
“We know defensive drivers can help prevent every single car crash,” said
Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. “NSC is pleased to partner with
car2go in our mission to eliminate all deaths on our nation’s roadways.”
“Cities across America are committed to fulfilling Vision Zero’s objective of
eliminating road fatalities, and as the largest flexible carsharing service in North
America we see it as car2go’s responsibility to support this increasingly
important initiative dedicated to advancing road safety for all,” said Paul
DeLong, CEO of car2go N.A.. “Expanding our road safety education pilot to all
U.S. members is a big next step forward in car2go’s ongoing efforts to promote
car2go’s U.S. members will receive details via email on how to complete
the online road safety courses in exchange for car2go drive-time credit up to
car2go will continually evaluate the success of the road safety education pilot
with the goal of making courses available to Canadian car2go members in the
In addition to the expanded road safety course pilot program, car2go does
several other things to promote road safety, including:
- Road safety education: car2go leverages its social media channels and the
car2go app messaging system to warn of hazardous driving conditions and
share road safety best practices, like reminding car2go members about the
“three-foot law” to protect cyclists as well as encouraging car2go members
to use their opposite hand when exiting a car2go after parking in an onstreet
spot. These techniques are effective to help protect passing cyclists
and encourages sharing the road.
- Zero tolerance for impaired driving: Since its inception, car2go has had a
firm zero-tolerance policy against impaired driving. Any car2go member
found to be driving impaired will have their membership permanently
revoked, and car2go will assist local police in prosecuting for impaired
- Using data for safety: car2go analyzes incident data and member feedback
from over 8.75 million trips and 59 million miles U.S. and Canadian car2go
members traveled in 2016 to help inform decisions on improving the service.
- One-way carsharing itself: Recent research revealed that one-way
carsharing helps to reduce overall traffic congestion. U.C. Berkeley
conducted the first ever impact study of one-way carsharing in North
American cities, finding that each car2go vehicle removed up to 11 other
vehicles from the road as well as up to 14 metric tons of greenhouse gases
- Working with cities: car2go continues to collaborate with city transportation
agencies and third party road safety advocacy organizations to advance
Vision Zero initiatives.
Furthermore, car2go’s network of shared Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles
feature innovative safety technology that has helped Mercedes-Benz build a
strong reputation as a producer of safe, innovative and comfortable vehicles.
In 2017, car2go grew its global customer base by 30-percent to 2.9 million
members, and today the service boasts over three million members. car2go
members rented car2go vehicles 24 million times in 2017. Every 1.2 seconds, a
car2go member takes a trip in a car2go vehicle in one of 26 car2go cities spread
across North America, Europe, and Asia.
According to an August 2016 carsharing report by Frost & Sullivan, the global
carsharing market is expected to grow from 7.9 million people in 2015 to over
36 million people by 2025.