Urbi is neither a station-based carsharing platform nor a free-floating service. Rather, it’s a convenient solution for long-term users of shared mobility. Urbi combines existing car-sharing services in one app. Created by two computer experts primarily for their own use, Urbi is an app designed to resolve mobility sharing complications. It provides an overview of all car-sharing operators in the area and detects the nearest available means of transport and calculates the best route.
Urbi doesn’t store users’ login data on its servers.
Market: Urbi works across a range of carsharing services (car2go, DriveNow, Emio, Multicity, SharenGo, Sixt) in the majority of European countries and the United States.
Features & winning points: The Urbi app contains several handy features, including a fare calculator and a “radar” feature. The latter enables notifications about vehicles available nearby. The fare calculator shows the best price and best time options for a requested trip. Urbi provides locations of parking and gas stations as well as an offline map with the nearest Wi-Fi hotspots. Another interesting feature allows users to refresh the data by shaking the phone. Urbi doesn’t store users’ login data on its servers.
As you can see, the carsharing market is populated by players with different carsharing models and modes of operation. Startups and large companies backed by automotive manufacturers offer their services in both local and global markets. Even though station-based programs have a lot of members, free-floating companies appear to be more viable and sustainable in light of modern transportation trends. However, it’s the peer-to-peer system that corresponds best to the concept of carsharing and doesn’t require a dedicated fleet.
It’s also important to mention that vehicle sharing couldn’t have gotten this far without integrating the latest technologies. Features offered by car-sharing apps make the whole car rental process easier and faster. If you’re interested in custom car rental app development, be sure to contact us: we build apps for micro-mobility and car rentals.