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Topic # 144143 8-May-2014 15:42
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community car sharing service is coming to Wellington, with support from Snapper (payment, unlock vehicle):

"shyft is a smarter way to get around. The shyft team will place a variety of new cars around Wellington and you book them through a simple, easy to use web application. By using shyft, you will avoid the costly administrative hassles that are part of a owning a car. WOF, vehicle registrations, weekly payments for insurance, and pricey visits to the mechanic will be a thing of the past. We do all of this for you. 

 

On top of this, shyft will help you reduce your carbon emissions by as much as half if you owned a car before. One shyft car does the work of up to 32 older and less fuel-efficient cars. We’ve taken the best learning from a thousand car shares around the world and combined them to cater for the needs of busy Wellingtonians."






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  Reply # 1039192 8-May-2014 15:45
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You'd think they could come up with a name that didn't sound like a combo of shifty and shyster...

Still, I welcome the introduction of self-drive taxis. Wonder if they'll have breathalyzer interlocks on them.

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  Reply # 1039195 8-May-2014 15:48
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I thought Snapper being part of Infratil would not need to crowdsource the funding?

Very happy to be corrected - Stuff article on this is here



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  Reply # 1039201 8-May-2014 15:55
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True. Reading the Snapper blog now it's clear Snapper itself is just the card being used to unlock/pay for the ride, not really involved with the project itself:

"For those who aren’t familiar with carshare, the model differs significantly from traditional car rental companies: all insurance and petrol is included, bookings are self-service via computer or smartphone, and cars are conveniently dispersed in neighbourhoods where people need them. You just walk downto your local car, use your Snapper cards to swipe into a little compartment on the front windscreen to access the key, and away you go."




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  Reply # 1039208 8-May-2014 16:01
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Excellent. Good luck to them. It would be a winner in Auckland with apartments and parking etc. Otoh parts of Auckland may not be so community minded and it looks like a very community centered thing they are doing there in Wgtn which could roll out to other parts of the country in time.

Direct link to pricing - http://www.shyft.co.nz/what-we-do/

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  Reply # 1040340 8-May-2014 20:52
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Will they have proper cars or just crappy nanna wagons?




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  Reply # 1040430 8-May-2014 22:56
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Hopefully the people using them will keep them clean and tidy. I would hate to step into the mess I have seen in a lot of peoples' cars!

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  Reply # 1040438 8-May-2014 23:21
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Whatever gets you from A to B I sopose.

Who knows how many coughing/crook people have been in a confined space like that before you during winter. I used to get get colds often when taking a bus this time of year but now enjoy less sick days with my own car.

I wouldn't use the service personally if it came to my town during winter. Maybe summer.



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