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The Navigator: FAA bill, finally passed, offers a churned bag for travelers

When we started essay this mainstay in 2009, roughly each trade organisation in Washington told me that a FAA check was a singular many critical square of legislation for a transport industry. Setting aside for a impulse a dwarfed fact that a elite process of travel is a car, a bill’s long-delayed capitulation raises dual pivotal questions. First, how did travelers transport amid all a legislative horse-trading? And second, are passengers sufficient represented in Washington today?

The answer to a initial doubt is: Travelers did so-so.

Ask Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.), who heads a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he’ll tell we about a altogether advantages to a aviation sector. And it would be astray to boot those; they embody a glossy next-generation atmosphere trade control complement and gripping a FAA humming along for a subsequent 4 years. No doubt there will be some trickle-down advantages to passengers from what Mica called a “long-term plans for aviation programs.”

When we pronounce to congressional staff insiders about what’s in a check for rank-and-file atmosphere travelers, we get a opposite response. Staffers with whom we spoke forked to dual specific supplies that they pronounced would directly advantage consumers.

The initial is a requirement to spin a Department of Transportation’s stream tarmac-delay formulation manners into law. Airlines and airports contingency have a devise to yield food, water, restroom facilities, gentle cabin temperatures and entrance to medical diagnosis on behind aircraft. Also, airlines contingency concede passengers to dismount within a time support dynamic by a travel secretary. And a check establishes a consumer insurance cabinet to advise a DOT on carrying out use improvements to advantage atmosphere passengers.

Some observers, though, are skeptical.

“Some clearly pro-consumer supplies of a check have been so watered down by attention lobbying that they are expected to be of small value,” says Edward Hasbrouck, an attention viewer and author of “The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around a World.”

Hasbrouck says he’s quite heedful of a new advisory committee, that calls for usually one consumer deputy though allows for dual attention member and one supervision representative. “An huge volume will count on who is allocated to paint consumers on this committee,” he says.

Who represents consumers now? It’s tough to say.

Travelers don’t pronounce in Washington with a singular voice, and during no time was that clearer than during a drawn-out discuss over a FAA bill. Consumer groups, all with their possess agendas, bickered over due denunciation that would have compulsory airlines to divulge a full transport and squabbled about a merits of stricter tarmac-delay laws.

None of those equipment done it into a final bill. A better-organized and better-funded airline attention exploited those inner divisions, and in a end, that harm consumers.

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Designed for Drivers: All-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Dodge Charger Named Two of Winding Road’s "Best Cars of the Year"

FYI: Jeep Buyer’s

AUBURN HILLS, MIJan. 19, 2012:

  • Winner of “Best Utility Award,” the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    SRT8 offers a unique blend of head-turning SRT performance with legendary
    Jeep capability and utility, luxury and refinement, and innovative
    advanced technologies
  • Best performing and most powerful Jeep vehicle ever: 0-60 mph in 4.8
    seconds; quarter mile in mid-13 second range; top speed of 160 mph; 60-0
    mph braking in 116 feet and an all-new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers
    470 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Earning the “Best Everyman Sedan Award,” the 2012 Dodge Charger
    delivers world-class levels of quietness and handling performance,
    state-of-the-art technologies and premium materials once limited to elite
    European sport sedans
  • Segment-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission provides Dodge
    Charger with refinement, improved performance and best-in-class 31 miles
    per gallon (mpg) highway

Delivering performance, technology and handling capabilities that are
among the world’s best, two of Chrysler Group LLC’s latest products
– the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the new
2012 Dodge Charger — earned Winding Road’s “Best Car of the
Year Awards,” an annual honor that recognizes the best driver’s vehicles in
the market.

“SRT and Dodge are two brands that stand to make 2012 a banner year for
driving enthusiasts,” said Seyth Miersma,
Editor-In-Chief — Winding Road. “Taking over where the last
generation left off (somewhere in the middle of a cloud of smoking tire
rubber), the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 manages to be one of the most
brutally fast and easy-to-live-with super-SUVs we’ve ever tested.
Meanwhile, the 2012 Dodge Charger offers more in terms of style,
performance, and space than most of the vanilla-flavored competition could
dream of. With completely different form factors, price points, and
audiences, the commonality between these two Best Cars is the way in which
they can make their drivers grin.”

Selecting from hundreds of vehicles Winding Road reviews each year, its
“Best Car of the Year Awards” seek out and honor the best driver’s
vehicles, across every level of size, form and functionality. The highly
involved selection process not only leverages the opinions of Winding
Road’s seasoned staff of test drivers, but uses the Winding Road
Involvement Index to quantify the always-elusive “fun to drive factor.”
Because of Winding Road’s focus on the driving experience, only vehicles
the publication has driven in the past 12 months are considered for a “Best
Car of the Year Award” nomination.

“We are honored to earn Winding Road’s ‘Best Utility Award,’ as the
driver-focused accolade recognizes the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8′s
high-performance capabilities that can get it done on the street, on the
race track, in a blizzard, or when towing other fun machines behind it,”
said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO
€” SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “Combining
its aerodynamic performance styling with track-tested powertrain and
chassis upgrades, with legendary Jeep utility and value, makes this
super-SUV second to none.”

“As an enthusiast brand that combines power, innovation and world-class
refinement at an unmatched value, Dodge is honored to receive such a
prestigious award,” said Reid Bigland,
President and CEO — Dodge. “Winding Road’s ‘Best Everyman
Sedan’ award for driving enthusiasts validates how Dodge has transformed
the new Charger into the class leader in driving dynamics, fuel efficiency
and performance. With an unmatched combination of a 292 horsepower
Pentastar V-6, class-leading 31 mpg highway and iconic muscle car styling,
the 2012 Dodge Charger is in a class by itself.”

Winding Road’s “Best Car of the Year Awards” issue can be viewed at
Winding Road Magazine

About the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
The most powerful, technologically advanced, high-performance Jeep
vehicle ever — the all-new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
– offers a combination of Jeep’s legendary capability and
utility, merged with the renowned advanced performance engineering from
Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team.

Delivering outstanding driving performance in all conditions, and
complemented by key SRT attributes — including functional,
performance-oriented styling, world-class ride and handling, benchmark
braking and race-inspired interior appointments — the 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 broadens the Jeep vehicle lineup and builds upon
the successful launch of the award-winning 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Designed and built using the proven SRT formula that raises the
performance to astonishing levels, the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
runs from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in the mid-16 second range,
can cover the quarter mile in the mid-13 second range, has a top speed of
160 mph, and brakes from 60-0 mph in 116 feet.

Powering the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is Chrysler Group’s all-new
6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology that delivers 470
horsepower (351 kW) and 465 (630 Nm) lb.-ft. of torque — an
improvement of 50 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. torque over the 6.1-liter HEMI
V-8 it replaces.

The best handling Jeep vehicle ever — capable of .90 g on
the skid pad — features a new SRT-tuned, adaptive damping
suspension managed by the new Jeep Selec-Track system that interacts with
several different systems (stability control, adaptive damping,
transmission shift strategy, transfer case torque proportioning, Electronic
Limited Slip Differential performance, throttle control and cylinder
de-activation) to automatically tune the dynamics of the vehicle.

Stopping power for the 2012 Grand Cherokee SRT8 comes courtesy of new
SRT high-performance Brembo brakes with four-wheel anti-lock brake system
(ABS). Stopping distance performance of 116 feet from 60-0 mph is made
possible by new red-painted, Brembo 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear)
calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15-inches (front)
and 13.8-inches (rear).

A wide variety of easy-to-use infotainment options are available with
features that provide customers with seamless integration of consumer
electronics, delivering drivers and passengers the conveniences of home and
office. Premium navigation and SIRIUS Travel Link are standard with the
730N Media Center CD/DVD/MP3/HDD radio. Also standard are a multitude of
features including SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Uconnect Phone.

Already a recipient of the 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
(IIHS) ‘Top Safety Pick’ for the volume Grand Cherokee models, the 2012
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 offers consumers 45 safety and security

The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is available now with a starting U.S.
MSRP of $54,470.

About the new 2012 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger provides
the ultimate combination of dramatic Dodge heritage styling, award-winning
premium interior, the reassurance of an IIHS Top Safety Pick and full-size
spaciousness with the fuel efficiency of a mid-size car.

All-new for 2012 is a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission paired with
the award-winning Pentastar V-6 engine, which delivers an impressive 292
horsepower and a best-in-class 31 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. In
fact, that fuel economy not only surpasses any full-size V-6 sedan but any
mid-size V-6 sedan, while offering all of the driving dynamics and
distinctive style for which Charger is renowned. The new eight-speed
transmission delivers an estimated 15 percent increase in fuel economy and
10 percent improvement in acceleration. Also new for 2012 are die-cast
paddle shifters, available with the Pentastar V-6 and HEMI V-8

The Charger’s available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with four-cylinder
mode Fuel Saver Technology and variable valve timing delivers best-in-class
power with 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque and a starting price
thousands of dollars less than the competition. The 2012 Charger R/T is
positioned as the most affordable V-8 sedan in America, with a starting
U.S. MSRP of only $29,995.

Charger’s all-wheel-drive system is the most advanced in its class, with
segment exclusive active transfer case with front-axle disconnect to
maximize fuel economy of up to 27 mpg highway while delivering outstanding
performance and handling inherent to a rear-wheel drive car.

With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe
proportions, world-class performance, award-winning interior craftsmanship
and refinement and state-of-the-art connectivity features with available
Uconnect Touch 8.4-inch touchscreen media center, the new Dodge Charger
proudly delivers premium, world-class sedan precision at an incredible
value, starting at a U.S. MSRP of only $25,495.

About SRT
The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology
(SRT) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five
proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and
capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and
race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its
performance roots. The expansion of the SRT vehicle lineup in 2012 features
four new products that are world-class performance contenders and bring the
latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. These products include
the Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.

About Jeep
Built on more than 70 years of legendary
heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand with class-leading capability,
craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys.
The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by
offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a
sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup includes Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty,
Patriot, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. To meet consumer demand around
the world, all Jeep models are sold outside North
— and all are available in right-hand drive
versions and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Chrysler Group
LLC sells and services vehicles in approximately 120 countries around the

About Dodge
For nearly 100 years, Dodge has defined passionate and innovative
vehicles that stand apart in performance and in style. Building upon its
rich heritage of muscle cars, racing technology and ingenious engineering,
Dodge offers a full-line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs built for
top performance — from power off the line and handling in the
corners, to high-quality vehicles that deliver unmatched versatility and
excellent fuel efficiency. Only Dodge offers such innovative functionality
combined with class-leading performance, exceptional value and distinctive
design. With the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart, the all-new Dodge Charger paired
with the ZF eight-speed transmission that achieves a class-leading 31 miles
per gallon on the highway, the new Durango and the significantly revamped
Grand Caravan — inventor of the minivan –
Journey, Avenger and iconic Challenger, Dodge now has one of the youngest
dealer showrooms in the United States.

About Winding Road
Winding Road publishes daily automotive and lifestyle content at, and stunning monthly content via its award-winning
digital magazine. Our editorial staff reviews hundreds of vehicles each
year, compiles the industry’s only Involvement Index, as well as the
Winding Road Comfort Index, every month. Visit
Winding Roadto sign up for Winding Road
Weekly, your email portal into the best of our enthusiast world. For
Drivers. Winding Road is a NextScreen publication.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Works With South Bay Cities to Bring EV Rentals to Torrance

TORRANCE, CA, Feb 07, 2012 (MARKETWIRE around COMTEX) –
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding a Torrance, Calif., let office
at 20625 Hawthorne Blvd to a flourishing list of locations offering
electric automobile (EV) rentals, providing business throughout
Southern California with a event to knowledge EV technology
with a serve of Nissan LEAF EVs and an on-site charging station.

In partnership with a South Bay Cities Council of Governments
(SBCCOG), Enterprise is also piloting an “EV Owners Discount Program”
for business during a Torrance branch, that provides EV owners with a
15 percent bonus off a unchanging sell rate when they need to
rent a longer-range vehicle. In addition, EV owners can assign up
their possess EVs during Enterprise during a rental.

Enterprise and a SBCCOG have a story of operative together on
sustainable transport initiatives, including a SBCCOG’s Local
Use Vehicle (LUV) project. In 2010, Enterprise helped a SBCCOG
lease and prepared 6 100 percent EVs to launch a project, which
the SBCCOG is regulating to investigate how a vehicles can revoke emissions,
air wickedness and gas consumption. And as Enterprise works to
establish EV infrastructure around a private sector, a SBCCOG is
studying EV infrastructure expansion to foster wider adoption of
more tolerable transport alternatives.

“We’re a matter to electric automobile infrastructure development,
which includes charity extended exam drives of EVs around rentals to
curious customers,” pronounced Greg Tabak, executive of EV programs for
Southern California, Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “Helping EV technology
establish itself in a marketplace also means anticipating singular ways to
make it easier for EV owners to lease for a times when they need a
longer-range vehicle, such as for a highway outing or a pierce opposite town.”

The SBCCOG and a South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
have done a fasten to creation a South Bay EV ready.

“Enterprise has been a good private collaborator, bringing their
expertise in automobile swift squeeze and government to a project,”
said Ellen Perkins, SBCCOG Chair and Palos Verdes Estates
Councilwoman. “Combined with a efforts to serve EV infrastructure
development, this is an glorious instance of a open and private
sectors operative together toward a common idea to urge our
environment. It’s these kinds of collaborations that will assistance drive
the form of change we need.”

The South Coast AQMD is serve dedicated to improving Southern
California by a serve of tolerable transportation
options. AQMD supposing appropriation for a LUV proof module in
cooperation with SBCCOG.

“The destiny of purify atmosphere in Southern California will count on the
widespread deployment of electric vehicles and other zero- and
near-zero glimmer technologies,” pronounced William A. Burke, Ed.D.,
Governing Board Chairman of a South Coast AQMD.

Enterprise’s continued rollout of EVs is partial of a altogether idea to
use a swift as a “Petri dish” to assistance grow a marketplace for EVs and
other clean-fuel technologies, both in California and via the
United States.

The Torrance let bureau becomes a 11th Enterprise plcae in
Southern California to offer EV rentals, fasten branches in Encino,
Newport Beach, Ontario, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Riverside, San Diego,
Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Thousand Oaks. Enterprise operates
the largest network of EV rentals in California, and is uniquely
positioned to deliver drivers to EV record with some-more than 5,500
car let locations within 15 miles of 90 percent of a U.S.

“California is a healthy place to hurl out electric automobile rentals
because of a fasten a state has done to EV infrastructure
development,” pronounced Lee Broughton, conduct of corporate sustainability
for Enterprise Holdings, that owns and operates Enterprise
Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental. “We wish to
help people knowledge and know EV technology. Our industry’s
future depends on gripping newcomer vehicles — and a fuels
required to appetite them — economically viable and socially
acceptable. So, it’s critical to deposit in and integrate
alternatives into a fleet.”

EV rentals from Enterprise are also accessible in many markets
throughout a United States, as good as in a United Kingdom.
Enterprise now offers Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt extended-range
EV rentals, and does not assign for vehicles returned but a full

Enterprise’s concentration on tolerable automobile record stirred it to
join a Electrification Coalition in 2010 and a U.S. Department of
Energy’s “Clean Cities” National Clean Fleets Partnership in 2011.

Customers can visit to learn some-more about the
availability of EVs and hybrid rentals, or call 1-800-261-7331 to
make a reservation.

About Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Founded in 1957 and famous for an
extensive network of locations, bland low rates and outstanding
customer service, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally
recognized code that has been named to BusinessWeek magazine’s
annual list of “Customer Service Champs” in 2007, 2008, 2009 and
2010. Enterprise won Budget Travel magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Readers’
Choice Award as their favorite let automobile code for patron service
around a globe.

Enterprise operates some-more than twice as many locations as a nearest
competitor and continues to lead a home-city market, with internal car
rental revenues now experiencing double-digit growth.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car operates not usually as a pivotal provider for
insurance replacement, weekend getaways and special occasions, but
also as a internal transport alternative. For example, many
consumers rest on mass movement during a week or simply cannot
afford to squeeze or say a automobile on their possess — so they
often count on internal Virtual Car(R) let use and take
advantage of Enterprise’s “everyday low price.” Enterprise offers
customers a event to lease a hybrid automobile in some-more than 30
major markets. Enterprise perceived a 2010 Business Traveler
Innovation Award — sponsored by a National Business Travel
Association (NBTA) and The Wall Street Journal — for a outstanding
and strange environmental efforts in a transport industry. For more
information about Enterprise’s environmental stewardship and
long-term fasten to a sustainability of a business, visit and follow @LeeBroughton on Twitter. This news
release and other Enterprise Rent-A-Car announcements are available
at a Enterprise Holdings press room.

The SBCCOG is a corner powers management of 16 cities
and a County of Los Angeles that share a idea of maximizing the
quality of life and capability of a area. The SBCCOG is currently
using impulse supports to assistance residents with home appetite retrofits.
Please visit for serve information.

        For some-more information, contact:
        Jacki Bacharach
        Executive Director
        Email Contact

        Lisa Martini
        Enterprise Rent-A-Car
        Email Contact

SOURCE: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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NewsWatch Crews Travel Through South Africa with African Safari and Tour Operator Rhino Africa

NewsWatch Crews recently traveled to South Africa to provide viewers with information on where to go, what to see, and most importantly, what company to trust a vacation of a lifetime with. The NewsWatch crews traveled through South Africa with the safari and travel company, Rhino Africa.

Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) February 08, 2012

NewsWatch Crews recently traveled to South Africa to provide viewers with information on where to go, what to see, and most importantly, what company to trust a vacation of a lifetime with. South Africa has now become the most popular destination for Americans in search of a safari experience. Visiting this far away land involves a sizeable investment both in terms of money and time. The key to not having a dream vacation turn into a nightmare is working with an experienced travel advisor. Someone who has intimate knowledge of the country, the people, and the places you want to visit. The NewsWatch crews traveled through South Africa with the safari and travel company, Rhino Africa.

CEO David Ryan established Rhino Africa in 2004. Rhino Africa has now become Africa‘s leading online tour operator, bringing over 15,000 guests to Africa every year. The principle behind Rhino Africa is simple – they employ African Experts. Rhino Africa consultants are well trained and more importantly, well traveled. Rhino Africa invests heavily each year in educational trips for it’s staff, guaranteeing first-hand knowledge and experience of the lodges and hotels that they recommend in their itineraries.

One of the other ways that Rhino is able to provide its clients with an unparalled experience is that they will be with the client every step of the way, taking the hassle out of planning a personalized itinerary and providing invaluable guidance and advice. Rhino Africa believes in honesty and integrity and at Rhino Africa clients are considered guests and not just a file number. Rhino Africa has such a great knowledge of Africa because most of the staff are Africans. This allows the client the ability to rest assured that they will be getting the best advice possible. The Rhino team of 60 is based at 99 Hope Street in Gardens, Cape Town and is comprised of English, German and French speaking travel planners. Rhino Tripping is Rhino Africa’s own wheels division, where expert guides offer fascinating day tours and road transfers.

As an independent and privately owned company, Rhino Africa has the luxury of doing things a little differently. They only feature tours and accommodation they can truthfully recommend and have personally experienced and they only enter into partnerships with suppliers they believe in. As they do not charge for advertising on their website, they maintain full editorial control – all the copy is written through the eyes of their consultants and travel writers – as they see and experience it.

NewsWatch is a weekly 30 minute consumer oriented television show that airs nationwide. NewsWatch regularly feature top celebrities, health tips, technology products, medical breakthroughs and entertainment news on the show. The show airs in 190 markets nationwide as well as all of the top 20 broadcast markets in the country, and is the preferred choice for Satellite Media Tour and Video News Release Distribution. For more information, head to

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Ask Peter: Civil War Travel, Car Rentals Abroad & More

Ask Peter, Cruises, Culture, Driving, Car Rental RVs, Festivals, Hotels Accommodations, Travel Planning — <!–By –> on Feb 7, 2012 10:57 am

Need assistance formulation your open break?  Have a transport doubt that no one can answer? If so, it’s time to ask Peter. Every Saturday on Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio (click here to listen to a many new podcast), Peter stops to residence your transport questions.

You can speak to Peter during 1-888-88-PETER (1-888-887-3837), email, or twitter questions to @petersgreenberg (use #askPeter)

Peter will be station by to answer your questions live on Monday, Feb 13 and Tuesday, Feb 14 between 6:30pm and 7:50pm ET.

This week Peter offers recommendation on Civil War sites, ethanol on cruises, unfamiliar automobile let insurance, and organisation transport to Ireland.

Jan from Duluth, Minnesota asks: My father is a fight clean and is looking brazen to a Civil War events function this year.  He’s not meddlesome in reenactments though wants to learn some-more about a war.  What do we suggest we do?

Peter replied: You’ve got 3 states that are good for Civil War travel: Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio.  Pennsylvania is a good finish no matter when we revisit since they have a ancestral battlefields, a central stops along a Underground Railroad, a Civil War trail, a National Civil War Museum, and of march a Gettysburg National Military Park that is a must-see.

In Maryland, there’s a lot of Civil War trails, that follow a routes taken by a Union and Confederate soldiers during that same Gettysburg debate and we can indeed expostulate it in a integrate of days along with walking tours.  Check out Civil War Traveler’s website.

Most people don’t associate Ohio with a Civil War, though trust it or not 300,000 people from Ohio participated in a Civil War and there are over 250 monuments dedicated to a fight in that state alone.  There are copiousness of sites to explore.  we know you’re not meddlesome in reenactments, though there will be a lot of them.  Check out, that will assistance we in reckoning out what we do and don’t wish to do there.

For some-more information on Civil War Travel, check out David Latt’s tour by Loudon County, Virginia.


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Will Car-Sharing Networks Change a Way We Travel?

Why would a world’s largest automobile association partner with a tiny, little-known startup that could cannibalize a business by compelling automobile pity instead of new-car buying?

According to General Motors Vice Chairman Steve Girsky, a reason GM recently led a $3 million turn of appropriation for RelayRides — one of a flourishing series of supposed peer-to-peer car-sharing services in a U.S. — is that “our business is unequivocally mobility, relocating people around.”

In other words, what matters many is that some-more people are pushing around in GM vehicles, possibly they possess them or not. And San Francisco-based RelayRides, that encourages people to lend their personal cars to strangers for an hourly fee, has a intensity to assistance in that regard.

Proponents of peer-to-peer automobile pity contend it could simply outstrip normal car-sharing services like Zipcar over time. Whereas Zipcar possibly owns or leases a 9,500 vehicles in a fleet, peer-to-peer car-sharing companies like RelayRides, Getaround and visitor JustShareIt (which launched this Jan in San Francisco) let people lease out their possess autos to others during rates set by a automobile owners themselves. With some-more than 250 million vehiclesalready on a highway today, that’s an huge pool to select from. A 2010 news from Frost Sullivan estimated that some 4.4 million people will join car-sharing networks by 2016 in North America.

Even so, RelayRides is expected to get a bigger boost from a partnership. GM is gearing adult to start compelling RelayRides to a 5 million active users of a OnStar in-vehicle confidence and navigation use this spring. RelayRides’ members will be means to use their smartphones to find OnStar-enabled cars that are accessible for rent. Considering that RelayRides’ network of vehicles now consists of only 200 cars in San Francisco and Boston, a partnership promises to dramatically boost both a apportion and peculiarity of cars in a network — and assistance move peer-to-peer car-sharing into a mainstream.

Quick entrance to differently idle cars is automobile sharing’s categorical draw. RelayRides owners Shelby Clark, a Harvard Business School graduate, says he came adult with a thought for RelayRides on Thanksgiving Day 2008, when he had to bike 2.5 miles in bad continue to a nearest Zipcar, that he afterwards gathering to Western Massachusetts to applaud a holiday with his family. “I was flitting all these cars sitting on a side of a highway and was meditative that a resolution to my problem is not some-more cars. Cars we have. There are copiousness of them.” What’s more, a normal automobile is idle 92% of a time.

The thought creates business sense, too. Because peer-to-peer car-sharing services don’t have to compensate for a vehicles they lease out (or their upkeep), they have a intensity for many aloft distinction margins than normal car-sharing services, and can work some-more like an online marketplace such as eBay.

“When we demeanour during normal car-sharing or let services, what’s engaging is how many of their income is emptied out by swift maintenance,” records Joe Kraus of Google Ventures, that is also a RelayRides investor. For Zipcar, that reported a initial pre-tax quarterly distinction in late 2011, swift upkeep accounts for about 65% of a sum expenses. And according to a 2011 news from AAA, a annual cost of owning and progressing a new automobile for people ranges anywhere from $6,758 for a tiny sedan to $11,382 for a SUV. For many people, says financier Kraus, “their automobile is a largest critical item that they own.”

The large catch, of course, is possibly Americans are unequivocally gentle renting their personal cars to strangers. “Some people by inlet don’t wish to share anything,” concedes Bob Tiderington, GM’s Manager of Business Initiatives, a section that partnered directly with RelayRides. But a arise of collaborative consumption, in that people
rent or lend all from a produce ( to a cocktail dress (, suggests that adequate people are gentle with a thought to make a business indication work. “We have changed into an epoch where entrance to good services and talent trumps a tenure of them,” says Lisa Ganksy, author of The Mesh: Why The Future of Business is Sharing and a RelayRides advisor.

RelayRides does all it can to make automobile pity a small reduction frightful for initial timers. It inspects cars for reserve before permitting them into a network and doesn’t accept drivers with a vital pushing defilement or some-more than 3 teenager violations in a final 3 years.

Its word process includes $1 million in guilt coverage (for repairs to others or their vehicles) and collision and burglary coverage for adult to a value of a rented vehicle, reduction a $500 deductible paid by a renter. Because RelayRides’ process is apart from a owner’s personal coverage, repairs incurred by renters doesn’t get reported to a owner’s personal carrier. Twenty percent of a hourly let price goes toward insurance. (The automobile owners pockets about 65% of a sum fee; and RelayRides gets about 15% — from that GM will take a cut for cars rented out around a OnStar system.)

Steve Morris of San Francisco says he has rented out his 2010 Ford Escape 68 times around RelayRides given Mar 2011, earning $2,860 by Jan of this year. “It takes a large cube off a monthly payments,” he says, adding that there hasn’t been any poignant repairs to his black SUV, that he rents out for $9 an hour. “Every once in a while, I’ll be like, Why is all this crap in a car? Why is my steering circle sticky?’ But that is a exception, not a rule,” he says.

To give owners additional assent of mind, RelayRides’ cars are versed with GPS systems that keep tabs on their locale during all times, and a ignition is infirm if someone other than a designated dweller tries to start a car. Renters now clear a automobile by holding a label embedded with a RFID chip adult to a label reader commissioned in a automobile window. (Once a OnStar module launches, cars can be unbarred around a smartphone app.) Both owners and renters can rate any other on a site, eBay style.

Such reserve and confidence measures are essential when bringing a new thought tomarket that involves pity what for many people is one of their many profitable possessions. “RelayRides is in a trust business. That is a hint of a business,” records RelayRides advisory house member Bob Chestnut, who is also a formerhead of trust and confidence during eBay.

For now, however, a biggest plea that peer-to-peer car-sharing companies face is vouchsafing consumers know they exist. Only 5,000 people have sealed adult for RelayRides given it launched in Jun 2010, and a pool of cars to select from isn’t quite enticing. In late January, offerings in San Francisco ranged from a 2005 Toyota Corolla
for $5 an hour to a 2002 Cadillac Escalade for $12 an hour.

But what RelayRides lacks in size, it creates adult for in bullish investors. Backed by Google Ventures, Aug Capital, and now General Motors, a association hasamassed some $13 million in try appropriation given it launched in Jun 2010. And an liquid of higher-end GM cars duped out with OnStar could tempt some-more mainstream renters to give car-sharing a try. “If we can get 1 in 1000 cars in a U.S. [into a RelayRides network], we could be a multibillion dollar business,” records financier Howard Hartenbaum of Aug Capital.

Michael Arrington, a TechCrunch blog owners incited investor, who is subsidy RelayRides’ opposition Getaround, says he expects peer-to-peer car-sharing to turn a multibillion-dollar attention in a U.S as well. “There are lots of these business models that promote clearly crazy exchange between strangers, like Prosper [where people lend income to strangers] and Airbnb [where people lease out bedrooms in their homes to strangers]. The genuine emanate isn’t will people lease cars?’ It’s who can control their costs best.”

In other words, it’s still anyone’s theory that pretender will eventually take a lead.

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