You have probably heard of this car sharing company already. You could have even seen a triumph tweet about them or watched one of their founders speak on TV. If you haven’t, don’t worry!
Launching June 1 in South Africa, Locomute is a new car sharing company that allows its members or Locomuters, to rent just any car parked anywhere in South Africa for as long as they want. The firm will indicate online or in an app where its members can locate available cars then reserve them online or via the App. Members will then simply swipe their member smartcard over a card reader on the windshield of the car to get started.
Just like normal car rentals, members decide how they use their Locomute cars and pay for the time they use it. Locomuters have 24/7 access to a great selection of cars in the Locoparks. The fees for members also include fuel, insurance, and parking. Though the firm says one-way trips are allowed, additional fee may apply.
According to Locomute on its site, “people are able to get a vehicle for an hour or two for short trips instead of renting a car for a day or using mass transit. A car used to be the ultimate symbol of freedom and independence but increasingly consumers view ownership as an expense and a burden.”
Locomote aims to reduce the car ownership expense by use of its collaborative consumption. And just as Uber has done for the taxi industry, Locomote is pretty disruptive and though new in Africa, firms like RelayRides, EuropCar have been doing this for a while though with slightly different models.