A company from Auckland founded by a student from Whanganui is trying to bring about a new wave of technology for car-sharing.
Yourdrive Chief Executive Oscar Ellison, who is originally from Foxton and attended Whanganui Collegiate, developed the online platform where car owners can rent out their personal vehicles. The idea behind Yourdrive is that you can rent out your car during downtime - be it while you're at work or away for a few days.
After pushing through two years of legal and insurance hurdles, Ellison launched the business in 2015. Two years ago, traditional rental company Jucy took a 50 per cent stake for an undisclosed sum. Ellison owns the balance.
In the latest development, the company has introduced an automated service which allows renters to use an app to unlock a vehicle instead of the owner having to hand over the keys. Yourdrive, at its own cost, will install a $250 hardware unit, which can be accessed via the app, in the car. The technology can be retrofitted to most vehicles.
Ellison told the Whanganui Chronicle this week that the business had been growing an average 100 per cent per year for the past few years, with its main focus on Auckland where inner city living was changing the way people thought about vehicle ownership.
"In Auckland people are starting to think differently about how they move about," Ellison said.
Areas of dense urban living meant people often did not have space for car parking and did not need to own a vehicle for day-to-day transport.
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