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SOURCE car2go N.A., LLC
- Carsharing service now making free online road safety courses available to all 625,000-plus car2go members in the U.S.
- car2go members receive drive credit in exchange for strengthening their road safety education
- car2go is first carsharing service to partner with U.S. DOT and National Safety Council-led Road to Zero Coalition, actively support Vision Zero goals
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- car2go N.A., the largest one-way carsharing service in North America with over one million members in the U.S. and Canada, today will expand access of its free online road safety courses to all 625,000 U.S. members. The expansion of car2go's 2017 road safety course pilot program, which rewarded members who completed the program with free drive-time credit, further strengthens car2go's commitment to road safety goals.
The free online courses, which normally cost up to $49.95 each, focus on road safety and distracted driving. They are provided by the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit organization widely recognized as America's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years.
"We know defensive drivers can help prevent every single car crash," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "NSC is pleased to partner with car2go in our mission to eliminate all deaths on our nation's roadways."
"Cities across America are committed to fulfilling Vision Zero's objective of eliminating road fatalities, and as the largest flexible carsharing service in North America we see it as car2go's responsibility to support this increasingly important initiative dedicated to advancing road safety for all," said Paul DeLong, CEO of car2go N.A.. "Expanding our road safety education pilot to all U.S. members is a big next step forward in car2go's ongoing efforts to promote road safety."
car2go's U.S. members will receive details via email today on how to complete the online road safety courses in exchange for car2go drive-time credit up to $15.
car2go will continually evaluate the success of the road safety education pilot with the goal of making courses available to Canadian car2go members in the future.
In addition to the expanded road safety course pilot program, car2go does several other things to promote road safety, including:
Furthermore, car2go's network of shared Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles feature innovative safety technology that has helped Mercedes-Benz build a strong reputation as a producer of safe, innovative and comfortable vehicles.
In 2017, car2go grew its global customer base by 30-percent to 2.9 million members, and today the service boasts over three million members. car2go members rented car2go vehicles 24 million times in 2017. Every 1.2 seconds, a car2go member takes a trip in a car2go vehicle in one of 26 car2go cities spread across North America, Europe, and Asia.
According to an August, 2016 carsharing report1 by Frost & Sullivan, the global carsharing market is expected to grow from 7.9 million people in 2015 to over 36 million people by 2025.
About car2go N.A., LLC
car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. car2go members use a free, downloadable app on their smartphone to find, reserve, take and end trips in car2go vehicles.
Fast Company named car2go one of the most innovative transportation companies of 2018. TIME Magazine ranked the car2go app #5 on its "Top 10 Apps of 2017" list. Today, car2go's global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than three million registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com and car2go.com/NA/en/press/.
1 "Future of Carsharing Market to 2025", published August, 2016 by Frost & Sullivan
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