Locomute is a South-African based local car sharing company that offers consumers a more tech-savvy and flexible approach in the area of urban mobility. Locomute allows its members, Locomuters, to access any of their cars parked throughout South Africa to use for as long as they want.
Locations of available cars can be found online or through their smartphone application which is also helpful for those prone to forgetting where they parked their vehicle. Members reserve a car online or via the Locomute App and simply swipe a member smartcard over a card reader on the windshield before commencing with their reservation. Locomuters have 24/7 access to a pool of vehicles located within designated zones called Locoparks.
You decide whether you will use the car for a night in town, completing your trip from the Gautrain or just running errands. You only pay for the exact amount of time you use the vehicle. Fuel, insurance, and parking are all included, and one-way trips are allowed (an additional fee may be applicable).
Locomute offers an alternative solution to traditional rentals in metropolitan areas, allowing people to get a vehicle for an hour or two for short trips instead of renting a car for a day or using mass transit.
The new innovation, which is set to launch on June 1 2015 will require prospective users to register on the startups website and subsequently download its mobile app, in order to monitor the location of Locomute vehicles, make bookings and access these cars.
Users will be provided with smartcards to unlock Locomute cars, which are parked at specific locations. After use, users leave the car at any designated Locomute park closest to them.
At the time of launch, Twenty six vehicles will be made available in selected areas, including – Gauteng, Centurion, Menlyn and Hatfield in Pretoria; Morningside and Fourways in Johannesburg and Waterfall in Midrand. The company also looks to expanding to Cape Town and Durban after successful launch in the selected areas.
Annual customers pay an initiation fee of R499 and a monthly fee of R45, while once-off customers pay R119. The cost include a variable hourly and per-kilometre rate, and covers the vehicle’s fuel, insurance and e-toll charges.
Locomute android app will be released this week while the iOS version will be released before the launch date.
The car sharing startup was founded by Tumi Marope, a former aircraft maintenance engineer at South African Airways, and Ntando Kubheka, a fund manager at one of the big four banks. It started as an MBA project at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, where students were tasked with coming up with an innovative and disruptive business idea.
Source – Locomute