How do shared cars work in big cities?

There are several companies that already have their fleet of electric vehicles distributed throughout the central zone of big cities like Madrid. Car 2 Go, Emov or Zity are some of the firms that offer their vehicles in mode carsharing (shared car) so you can use them at any time and for as long as you need.

The system works and more and more people are they opt for comfort that offers this way of moving around the city without worrying about traffic restrictions nor the parking lot.

What do you have to do to book and drive a shared car?

In order to use the car sharing service offered by the different companies, you must be in possession of a driving license and having a smartphone which will take care of helping you find the car you need in a matter of seconds and will also serve as a key to unlock the vehicle.

Before you can choose a car and use it, you must register on the website of the company of your choice. Registration takes little time, since the data required is minimal: personal and contact information, an account number where future uses of the vehicle will be charged and a PIN or password that will be the one you use to access the car.

Shared car (bigstock)

The next step is download the application that will allow you, on the one hand, to easily send an image of your driving license, so that it can be validated, and on the other, to have all the information about the platform carsharing what you choose and about the cars at your disposal.

Once this is done, you can start enjoying the service. If on your tour of the city you need to take a vehicle, you just have to look in the map shown by the application those closest to the point where you are and choose the one that suits you. Most companies give the option of book the car 20 or 30 minutes in advance so you don’t have to wait.

Once the vehicle is selected, you just have to go for it. The door is opened with the mobile itself and the ignition key is inside. You will have to activate it with the PIN given at the time you registered on the web.

That’s all. You can start your tour of the city and leave the car whenever you want at the authorized parking areas (free). The application will calculate the usage time and will proceed to charge the corresponding fee.