Ten months ago, Uber Australia announced we had acquired peer-to-peer car-sharing network Car Next Door. Today, we have exciting updates to share about the latest member of the Uber family. First, it is getting a new name: Uber Carshare. Second, we are prepared to expand this Aussie success story internationally to North America.
Car Next Door was founded in Australia in 2013 to free the world from the “one person, one car” mentality and to reduce some of the negative impacts cars have on cities, such as pollution and congestion. The platform offers convenient access to cars for borrowers to rent by the hour or day, while generating revenue for car owners – making it easy to turn any car into a shared car.
More than 1.1 million trips have been booked with Car Next Door since 2013. And since joining the Uber family, the platform has seen significant growth and helped thousands of Aussies think differently about how car rentals can and should work. All the while, the number of cars available to rent on the platform has nearly doubled, and we’ve seen our community of owners grow by 60 percent and borrowers by 20 percent.
The rebranding from Car Next Door to Uber Carshare, effective November 8, will help us better integrate the service into Uber’s other offerings and provide Aussies a comprehensive range of mobility options. From classic rideshare to public transport and micro mobility options like scooters, now Uber Carshare will offer easy access to cars nearby when you want to drive yourself.
Having seen such enthusiasm for the service here in Australia, we know that Uber Carshare is too good an idea to keep to ourselves. That’s why we plan to launch Uber Carshare in North America by the middle of 2023. Watch this space for more details.
“Aussies are embracing peer-to-peer car-sharing as a mainstream alternative to owning a car, and we couldn’t be more excited to be launching Uber Carshare to international markets,” said Dom Taylor, General Manager of Uber Australia and New Zealand. “Car Next Door is a great Australian success story, and as it evolves to Uber Carshare, we can’t wait for it to be a global success as well.”
Will Davies, CEO of Uber Carshare said:
“We built Car Next Door to help challenge the ‘one person, one car’ mentality and make sharing cars a simple, great experience for everyone. Bringing our car-sharing service together with Uber’s range of mobility options means that Aussies can now access a better way to move – whether they’re catching a rideshare for a night out, or borrowing a local van to move house. We’re really proud to have developed a technology and service here in Australia that will soon be exported to the world through Uber’s platform.”
On 8 November, the Car Next Door app will be updated to reflect the new name, Uber Carshare, and its new look. Uber Carshare will function in exactly the same way as Car Next Door and continue to be supported by the same dedicated team. Current users will simply need to update the app; new users will have to download the Uber Carshare app.
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For more information about the rebrand please refer to our FAQ page.