Sharing …Audi style

Audi’s Unite program allows up to four people to share a car for up to two years.

Audi’s Unite program allows up to four people to share a car for up to two years. Insurance, maintenance, seasonal tire changes, monthly cleaning and customer support are included in a monthly fee. Packaging mobility may be interesting to a larger audience.

CES: autonomy, car sharing, car swapping, keyless access to vehicles and more

For its car sharing DriveNow program, BMW also introduced a new MasterCard credit card that makes on demand car sharing even easier.

At CES, numerous manufacturers showed off their advances in autonomy, including Bosch, Audi, Valeo, BMW and Delphi . For its car sharing DriveNow program, BMW also introduced a new MasterCard credit card that makes on demand car sharing even easier. The card communicates with vehicles using near field communications, allowing users to just get into the cars and drive away. The card is a key for the car. No additional identification requirements because the card already contains all that information.

Keyless access to vehicles was also demonstrated by Audi as it unveiled a smartwatch to unlock your car.

Ford announced a car swapping experiment, to be undertaken in Dearborn MI, that is aimed at allowing people to use the right vehicle for the right job.

Creative car sharing programs and their impact on insurance

Audi recently announced its UNITE program

Audi recently announced its UNITE program which lets participants choose up to 4 people with whom to share a lease, using beacons and mobile apps for tracking usage, scheduling and coordination. How would this work from an insurance perspective?

 

Car sharing for the wealthy

Audi is piloting a premium car sharing program

As auto manufacturers see their role shifting increasingly to one of mobility service providers, many are designing new services. Recognizing the clear movement to sharing, Audi is piloting a premium car sharing program and is working on another that would allow Audi owners to drive a different vehicle depending on the time of the year and the types of needs they have at different times of the year. Hmmm that sounds quite a bit like mobility on demand with a premium twist. Audi’s sharing model is different from BMW’s DriveNow, intended as upscale car sharing.