General Motors Company (NASDAQ: GM) announced the expansion of its car-sharing system, Maven Drive, to Los Angeles, California.
Maven enables users to rent a shared GM car at hourly rates. The company first introduced the platform nine months ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The service has expanded since to nine cities across the country.
Maven users in Los Angeles will have a fleet selection of 60 cars to rent available 24/7 at 24 pick-up locations in downtown, Little Tokyo, and South Park areas of the city. Both the fleet and Maven stations in the city will grow over time.
Los Angeles customers may rent a Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Tahoe, and Volt; GMC Acadia and Yukon; or luxury Cadillacs as the ATS, CTS, CT6, XT5, and Escalade.
Getting to know Maven’s works
According to GM, Maven members have driven more than 23 million miles with more than 12,000 car reservations. To enjoy the service, users need to subscribe to Maven via Mavendrive’s website.
Then, they can download the Maven app for Android and iOS, reserve available vehicles and search for the wheels in a Maven pick-up station. Users can find the nearest car available through the app up to 8 minutes before the reservation starts.
When the driver finishes the travel, he must drop the vehicle at the same station where he picked it up and hit the “End” option on the app. On the other hand, if users decide to extend their trip by the time hour finishes, they can check in the app if the car is available for longer.
Pricing starts at $8, and insurance and fuel cost are included in the payment. More so, there is no monthly or application fee for Maven members. Aside from Los Angeles and Ann Harbor, the service is also available in Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington DC.
Maven customers enjoy different onboard features that boost connectivity. First off, the OnStar button on the vehicle’s rearview mirror dials GM for help or road assistance.
The Apple CarPlay enables a safer and smarter way to plug iPhone devices in the car. Next, the SiriusXM Satellite Radio offers 150 channels of commercial-free music, news, sports, talk and entertainment.
The OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi provides fee connection at 4G LTE speed. It can connect up to seven mobile devices at the same time. Lastly, it is worth noting that Maven vehicles have a full range of safety features.