Hyundai has announced an investment of $6.2m in car sharing platform Car Next Door, taking its total injection in the last 12 months to more than $8m.
Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer JW Lee said the investment will see the development of ‘sharing ready’ cars, with the new technology just becoming available in the marketplace.
“We are pleased to directly collaborate with peer-to-peer marketplace Car Next Door to open up new mobility options and expand the use of a car for a Hyundai car owner,” said Mr JW Lee.
“This is the future of connected green cars, where the ability to car share is built into the hard-wiring of the car making it easy for one car to be used by multiple people.
“This capability has been pre-installed and seamlessly integrated into Hyundai cars, making it easy for Hyundai owners to earn extra money from their car when they are not using it via Car Next Door’s innovative sharing platform.
“Other features include access and ability to unlock and start the car via a mobile phone app – ultimately negating the need for traditional keys.”
Any Hyundai vehicle with Auto Link Premium can now be shared with neighbours with the click of a button. For owners of recent Hyundai vehicles, the connective technology can be installed in minutes.
Car Next Door CEO and co-founder Will Davies said there will a lot more sharing capabilities in vehicles as the mobility market changes.
“Car Next Door provides car owners with immediate access to our network of 150,000 car borrowers making it really easy for car owners to offset the cost of their vehicle.
“The average car in Australia is used for only 4 percent of the time. For that 96 per cent of the time they sit idle, they could be used to create an extra income and help to reduce parking congestion and pressure on our roads,” said Mr Davies.
The investment is also fueling Car Next Door’s Australia-wide expansion, allowing for peer-to-peer car sharing to move out of the urban centres.
Car Next Door is Australia’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing platform. More than 150,000 people use the platform and over 3,000 cars are listed. It is currently running in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Canberra and Perth. Car rental costs are from $5/hour or $25/day plus 21 to 45 cents per kilometre.
The company says that the average person in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane makes $3500-$7000 renting their car out when they aren’t using it, while some high earners, in particular those with utes and vans, are bringing in upwards of $10,000-$12,000 a year.
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