Toyota Developing Car-Sharing Technology Platform

By Jesse Sokolow on 31 October 2016
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Toyota Motor Corporation announced plans for a new technology platform that will support vehicle-sharing for car owners on Monday.

The platform is intended for use by car-sharing services, and the car company plans to conduct a pilot with car-sharing company Getaround, a company that somewhat akin to what Aribnb does, albeit only with cars. The pilot will launch in January 2017 in San Francisco.

“Our goal at Getaround has always been to empower people to car-share everywhere,” said Sam Zaid, CEO of the car-sharing company. .

To facilitate car sharing, Toyota developed a smart key box that can be placed in an owner’s vehicle without modifications. Those wishing to use the car via a car-sharing service will receive a code that authorizes their device to access the vehicle.

Drivers will be able to lock and unlock the doors of a car, as well as start the engine, via an app on their smartphone.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)