"Catch a Car" is Switzerland's first carsharing service to operate without dedicated parking stations. Members can locate and book a "Catch-Car" using their smart phone or the website, and use it to make a spontaneous journey from A to B. At the end of the journey they park the car within the Catch-Car-Zone in any public parking space for which a resident's parking permit is valid. Payment is based entirely on the duration of the journey. Fuel, insurance and the parking space are included in the price.
This means that there are no additional costs or annual fees. Vehicles are located and their correct usage is monitored using GPS. This carsharing solution is operated on the basis of the MobiSys software, which has already proved its worth in Switzerland for "Mobility car sharing". This case study tells you everything you need to know about the software-related challenges and solutions of the pilot project, which was launched in Basel in 2014 and is planned for 2 years.
After 2 years, the Catch a Car project has more than 5’000 customers using the station-free carsharing possibility. According to an ETH study, which analysed the effects of free-floating carsharing during the entire pilot phase, the free-floating carsharing model reduces the traffic and the car usage. As a consequence, Catch a Car will continue its service in Basel after the pilot while additional cities are being looked at.
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