RelayRides and OnStar: Baby, You Can Rent My Car
Millions of subscribers can instantly access nationwide peer-to-peer
car sharing market
DETROIT – General Motors' OnStar subscribers can now rent out their
idle vehicles through the RelayRides marketplace, leveraging OnStar
connectivity already active in their vehicles to potentially earn
hundreds of dollars a month to offset the cost of owning a vehicle.
RelayRides' renters can unlock reserved OnStar-enabled cars simply by
using their smart phones. RelayRides is the first third-party
developer to integrate with GM OnStar's proprietary application
program interface (API) that will be available to other developers
later this summer.
OnStar's connectivity solution provides RelayRides' members with
increased security, reliability and accessibility. Individuals who
forgo car ownership can conveniently access affordable and reliable
transportation in a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac. Owners of
these OnStar-enabled GM vehicles rent out their cars and turn their
idle vehicles into an income source without the hassle of installing
expensive aftermarket hardware or having to meet a renter to hand off
"General Motors, through OnStar, and RelayRides have joined
forces to create an entirely new mobility solution for U.S. drivers
interested in more affordable, sustainable and collaborative
automobile options," said Nick Pudar vice president OnStar
Strategy and New Business Development. "Our exclusive
relationship with RelayRides provides an exciting new choice: the
first automobiles to run on collaborative consumption."
Through OnStar's proprietary API, RelayRides developers were given
access to key vehicle-centric features such as location and remote
door lock and unlock. This means renters can unlock the doors with
their smart phone or by replying to a text message. Depending on
location and availability of the car, RelayRides marketplace
participants can earn hundreds of dollars per month from their idle
vehicles. Owners whose cars are not OnStar-enabled can still rent out
their vehicles through the RelayRides' marketplace by exchanging keys
with the renter, or reactivating their OnStar subscriptions.
OnStar services are enabled by its Advanced Telematics Operating
Management System (ATOMS), which is the most powerful automotive cloud
platform in the market today and connects about 6 million OnStar
customers globally. Later this summer, OnStar will make its
proprietary API available to third-party developers.
Studies show that each shared car results in up to 13 fewer cars on
the road, leading to less- congested roads and less pollution.
"Using the OnStar API to access GM vehicles empowers RelayRides
to make car sharing even safer and more convenient," said Shelby
Clark, RelayRides founder and Chief Community Officer. "The sheer
number of vehicles eligible for the program allows us to greatly
expand across the U.S. and introduce the economic, environmental and
community benefits of car sharing to regions that car sharing services
have previously been unable to serve."
RelayRides pioneered peer-to-peer car sharing when it launched in
Boston in June 2010 and expanded into San Francisco later that year.
In March 2012, RelayRides became the first service to launch
nationwide, introducing a key-exchange program to enable renters and
owners to enjoy the benefits of car sharing. Relay Rides provides all
vehicle owners with a $1 million insurance policy for owners for the
duration of the rental and a $300,000 policy for renters.
RelayRides is the first nationwide peer-to-peer car sharing
marketplace. The company connects people who need a car with vehicle
owners whose rides would otherwise go unused, and backs its
reservations with an insurance policy. RelayRides has raised more than
$13 million in venture capital funding from investors including Google
Ventures, August Capital, Shasta Ventures and General Motors Ventures.
For more information, go to www.RelayRides.com.
OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the leading
provider of connected safety and security solutions, value-added
mobility services and advanced information technology. Available on
more than 40 MY 2012 GM models globally, OnStar is now also available
for installation on most other vehicles on the road through a new
retail product called OnStar FMV (For My Vehicle). OnStar FMV has been
awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal. The OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App
is a recipient of the 2011 Edison Award for Best New Product in the
Remote Driving Aids segment. OnStar safely connects its more than six
million customers, in the U.S., Canada and China, in ways never
thought possible. More information about OnStar can be found at