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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 road safety.”
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 $15.
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 future.
In addition to the expanded road safety course pilot program, car2go does several other things to promote road safety, including:
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.