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Sep 28, 2009, 02:54 PM
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Zipcar's app, which was first demonstrated (http://www.macrumors.com/events/wwdc2009/) at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, made its appearance in the App Store today. The app can utilize the physical location of the iPhone or iPod touch and its wireless connectivity to provide search functionality and common transactions on the go.

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Zipcar, a car-sharing service with locations in various cities and universities around the United States, offers car rentals by the hour or day with costs varying based on the driving plan selected. Through the Zipcar app, members can find nearby available cars, reserve them, and even remotely honk the car's horn and lock and unlock its doors.

The Zipcar app is available in the U.S. App Store here (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=329384702&mt=8") (link opens iTunes) and is free.

Article Link: Zipcar Drives into App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/09/28/zipcar-drives-into-app-store/)



macslayer118
Sep 28, 2009, 02:55 PM
This is truly innovation

ouimetnick
Sep 28, 2009, 02:56 PM
Sweet.
I'm downloading it right now.

vwDavid
Sep 28, 2009, 03:04 PM
Hmm, I'm sure they have thought if this but I want to know what happens when its my turn for the car and my shopping is in the trunk and any joe blow can come up and unlock it?

chuckzee
Sep 28, 2009, 03:10 PM
LOL, It sounded like a Zipcar Drove into an Apple Store.

iHavenolife
Sep 28, 2009, 03:14 PM
Hmm, I'm sure they have thought if this but I want to know what happens when its my turn for the car and my shopping is in the trunk and any joe blow can come up and unlock it?

you have keycard like item that you need to hold near the upper righthand corner of the windshield of the car to unlock it, it will only unlock for the keycard that is registered to have that car during that time.

thefourthpope
Sep 28, 2009, 03:16 PM
Can't wait to start using this one!

MattG
Sep 28, 2009, 03:26 PM
LOL, It sounded like a Zipcar Drove into an Apple Store.

Glad I'm not the only one who read it that way :eek:

iOrlando
Sep 28, 2009, 03:38 PM
how does insurance work with these ziplock cars?

HBOC
Sep 28, 2009, 04:04 PM
how does insurance work with these ziplock cars?

insurance and gas are included in the rental. Mileage is limited to 180 miles a day, anything over that, you get charged extra per mile. They also have a deal going on right now where you can reserve the car from 6pm - 8:30am Monday (might even start on Sunday) - Thursday for $29. Pretty good deal, if you ask me.

I live near downtown Portland, and we use this quite a bit. Great to use if I want to go to the Columbia River Gorge for a nice evening hike.

optophobia
Sep 28, 2009, 04:27 PM
you have keycard like item that you need to hold near the upper righthand corner of the windshield of the car to unlock it, it will only unlock for the keycard that is registered to have that car during that time.

Did you actually read the article ?

" Through the Zipcar app, members can find nearby available cars, reserve them, and even remotely honk the car's horn and lock and unlock its doors."

Anyway, you can only unlock / lock the car during your reservation period after you have scanned your actual membership card.

iphones4evry1
Sep 28, 2009, 05:34 PM
Awesome! This will be a HUGE hit in the major cities. People who don't own a car can now drive a car, and they won't have to rent it for an entire day. Competition with taxi cabs? Sure, but I like this! :)

t0mat0
Sep 28, 2009, 06:15 PM
Is anyone else thinking of the practical joke of hiring a car, then waiting till people go past and hooting the horn? :D

rstansby
Sep 28, 2009, 06:35 PM
I think the important point is: your keycard (or iphone with app) can only unlock the car during the reservation period. Until today the keycard was the only option, now there is an app as well.

Did you actually read the article ?

" Through the Zipcar app, members can find nearby available cars, reserve them, and even remotely honk the car's horn and lock and unlock its doors."

Anyway, you can only unlock / lock the car during your reservation period after you have scanned your actual membership card.

spillproof
Sep 28, 2009, 08:18 PM
This whole Zipcar thing is really cool. I'm going to New York later this year and I really want to try one out.

Is anyone else thinking of the practical joke of hiring a car, then waiting till people go past and hooting the horn? :D

Expensive but yes, a fun past time with my own car.

j763
Sep 28, 2009, 08:29 PM
I think the important point is: your keycard (or iphone with app) can only unlock the car during the reservation period. Until today the keycard was the only option, now there is an app as well.

Yes. Except you still need to use your card the first time you want to unlock the car each reservation. i.e. with only your iPhone but not your card you cannot gain access to the zipcar you've reserved... you still have to remember to bring your card, which is a bit of an inconvenience really.

DMann
Sep 28, 2009, 08:37 PM
This is brilliant - it even let's you play with the remote, which makes realistic car horn, "lock" and "un-locking" sounds. This'll be a very useful app.

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HBOC
Sep 28, 2009, 09:58 PM
Awesome! This will be a HUGE hit in the major cities. People who don't own a car can now drive a car, and they won't have to rent it for an entire day. Competition with taxi cabs? Sure, but I like this! :)

zipcar has been around for 2-3 years now. Zipcar is only available in select cities, and they are in many university campuses only..http://www.zipcar.com/jhu/find-cars

they are in like 12 or so cities in the U.S. right now. I know, at least here, they have like 300 cars in Portland, scattered all over downtown. It really is convenient!

And you still need your zipcard. You cannot use the iPhone app to open the car...

iCantwait
Sep 28, 2009, 10:57 PM
That whole system is awesome!

dsl4c
Sep 29, 2009, 12:13 AM
zip zip zip cars all around portland.. no joke.. they are everywhere and anywhere.. go PDX! although, I still prefer trimet personally..

TuffLuffJimmy
Sep 29, 2009, 12:15 AM
LOL, It sounded like a Zipcar Drove into an Apple Store.

I thought the same thing. That would be the most hipster of accidents.

Bonsai71
Sep 29, 2009, 12:17 AM
Hmm, I'm sure they have thought if this but I want to know what happens when its my turn for the car and my shopping is in the trunk and any joe blow can come up and unlock it?

Only you can unlock the car during your reservation time, no other zipcar member can unlock the car, even with their zipcard (you get issued yours when you join - its like a regular office door/proximity card, except it opens cars) the same goes for the iPhone App, you have to sign in with your username and password in the app, and you can only control the car you have booked, during the time you have booked it.

You must leave the car empty of your shopping when your time is up. You can also extend the reservation if no one else has already booked it, if you need more time, at no cost penalty.

Awesome! This will be a HUGE hit in the major cities. People who don't own a car can now drive a car, and they won't have to rent it for an entire day. Competition with taxi cabs? Sure, but I like this! :)

Zip car is not new, its been running for a few years, the iPhone App is new, but is just the cherry on top of an already really amazing service.

Is anyone else thinking of the practical joke of hiring a car, then waiting till people go past and hooting the horn? :D

Not until you suggested it :)

Yes. Except you still need to use your card the first time you want to unlock the car each reservation. i.e. with only your iPhone but not your card you cannot gain access to the zipcar you've reserved... you still have to remember to bring your card, which is a bit of an inconvenience really.

I can't imagine not having my card on me, so many times I've suddenly needed a car, and been able to book it on the spot and jump in - this app makes that even easier now, and solves the one pain in the ass part of the card, you now have a remote key fob in the shape of your iPhone during your reservation.

That whole system is awesome!

Yes. Yes it is. I'm a huge fan - I've been car ownership free for 12 years now, and used to hire cars fairly regularly (about 10 times a year) from the likes of Budget and Hertz, and it was always a HUGE PAIN - long line up at the rental desk, lots and lots and lots of typing by the rental agent (even though you were there 2 weeks ago, and NONE of your details have changed) then the inspection walk around, finally able to drive it away; typically taking an hour all told to get to the rental site, get the car, then get it home again to load up and go. Then you have to do that AGAIN when you return it, line up at the desk, lots and lots of typing again, vehicle inspection with the agent, overpriced fuel if you forgot to fill up, or they stiff you on the difference, or rip you off with any excess fuel you put it, etc. etc. etc. etc. aaand all this during their office hours too - I hated it, but put up with it, cause it was still cheaper than owning and insuring my own car.

Then Came ZipCar.

And they really changed everything for the car rental model. The cars are near you in parking lots of places you already go - supermarkets, hotels, downtown - they can be rented for 1 hour. At 3am on a Sunday if you need it. Everything is paid for in that one hourly rental rate - the car, the gasoline, the insurance, the parking fee where that car lives. (not the parking where you might take it).

One usage I never could have done before, is the lunchtime downtown rental, its near where you work, you book it for an hour, and drive somewhere nice, then return back to downtown, and put it back in its reserved parking spot. For $10. All in. To park your own car there in that same lot during the day would have cost $15 in parking alone, and your spot would go during lunch, maybe from the entire lot. zip cars are reserved spaces, always near the exit/entrance.

I can go on - and on - its just too awesome, IKEA, Groceries, Ski Trips, Emergencies, Whimsies, Getting a 52" TV home from Best Buy, Being able to take it across the border, Being able to rent in any country with your existing membership, wide choice of vehicles to suit your task, mood, budget and location.......

Even if you have a car, consider joining on the cheap annual plan, there will be times it will help you out, and maybe, just maybe, you'll consider taking a short break from owning when you next trade up your car, and see how long ZipCar, Transit, Taxis, Limos, Kayaks, Your Feet and that Bicycle That Hangs in the Garage can work for you instead.

www.zipcar.com - I don't work for them. I would have their babies. But I'm a dude.

DMann
Sep 29, 2009, 12:51 AM
Is anyone else thinking of the practical joke of hiring a car, then waiting till people go past and hooting the horn? :DActually, I'm planning on it.

paulcdb
Sep 29, 2009, 07:17 AM
now we just need this in a kit form i can fit to my car :D

longofest
Sep 29, 2009, 09:10 AM
This is brilliant - it even let's you play with the remote, which makes realistic car horn, "lock" and "un-locking" sounds. This'll be a very useful app.

you know that makes the actual car's horn sound, and makes the car's door unlock/lock, right?

DMann
Sep 29, 2009, 12:05 PM
you know that makes the actual car's horn sound, and makes the car's door unlock/lock, right?Yes, only when you actually rent the car though - I was referring to the realistic sounds it makes while only "checking out" the remote, as well.

iOrlando
Sep 29, 2009, 12:48 PM
ok im still lost here.


say you are in NYC..where do you park the car when you are done? and how do you know where you will be when you are done? so say i rent the car and need to go uptown...ok...now what...where do I park it? in a garage I have to pay an hourly rate for? do i just leave it there?

then say i want a car 4pm today, how do i know where the cars will be at that time? what if the car is currently next door but at 2pm it is leaving for somewhere and doesnt come back?

DMann
Sep 29, 2009, 12:52 PM
ok im still lost here.


say you are in NYC..where do you park the car when you are done? and how do you know where you will be when you are done? so say i rent the car and need to go uptown...ok...now what...where do I park it? in a garage I have to pay an hourly rate for? do i just leave it there?

then say i want a car 4pm today, how do i know where the cars will be at that time? what if the car is currently next door but at 2pm it is leaving for somewhere and doesnt come back?Yes, the garage is home base in NYC, and does not charge you to keep it there when upon return. Another convenience is that you do not need to refuel the car, (provided that you use only one tank of gas) as this is included with the rental.

bytethese
Sep 29, 2009, 12:55 PM
ok im still lost here.


say you are in NYC..where do you park the car when you are done? and how do you know where you will be when you are done? so say i rent the car and need to go uptown...ok...now what...where do I park it? in a garage I have to pay an hourly rate for? do i just leave it there?

then say i want a car 4pm today, how do i know where the cars will be at that time? what if the car is currently next door but at 2pm it is leaving for somewhere and doesnt come back?

You park the car at the garage you picked it up at when you are done. Each car "lives" in one garage, so you can't return it to another garage where the car doesn't "live". :)

I'm not sure about you, but I don't rent cars to go around town. I rent them to go places, pick stuff up, etc.

As for your 4pm question, you check to see what cars are available to you at whatever time you want. :)

optophobia
Sep 29, 2009, 12:55 PM
ok im still lost here.


say you are in NYC..where do you park the car when you are done? and how do you know where you will be when you are done? so say i rent the car and need to go uptown...ok...now what...where do I park it? in a garage I have to pay an hourly rate for? do i just leave it there?

then say i want a car 4pm today, how do i know where the cars will be at that time? what if the car is currently next door but at 2pm it is leaving for somewhere and doesnt come back?

You should really read the faqs on the zipcar website.

bytethese
Sep 29, 2009, 01:02 PM
Is anyone else thinking of the practical joke of hiring a car, then waiting till people go past and hooting the horn? :D

I have 3 parked at my building, I can't wait to try this tonight. :)

iOrlando
Sep 29, 2009, 01:05 PM
i would prefer picking up the car and leaving it wherever I feel like whenever i feel like it. not return it to its home pad. bummer

optophobia
Sep 29, 2009, 01:06 PM
i would prefer picking up the car and leaving it wherever I feel like whenever i feel like it. not return it to its home pad. bummer

They have this option too. Its called buying your own car. ;)

diesel
Sep 29, 2009, 01:18 PM
I used to use zipcar in manhattan when they first came into business a few years back and though it was somewhat convenient I just couldn't stay with them for one very simple basic reason, they splash a huge Zipcar logo on the side of the car. Looks absolutely silly and retarded. I complained to them and they said it was so that people could easily identify the zipcar when picking them up, however at that time in manhattan all the zipcars were basically in serviced garages, so there was no reason for me to "easily" recognize the car, the garage attendent simply retrieved it for me. Basically, they have that ridiculous logo on the side of the car as a cheap marketing tool (and maybe an anti theft deterrent cause let's face it, who wants to steal a car with a logo splashed on its side), which is their perogative, however if you are rolling around town or into a nice restaurant or onto a golf course with a car with that cheesy logo, it just didn't feel right. Great concept, but they need to lose the logo on the side.

iOrlando
Sep 29, 2009, 01:22 PM
I used to use zipcar in manhattan when they first came into business a few years back and though it was somewhat convenient I just couldn't stay with them for one very simple basic reason, they splash a huge Zipcar logo on the side of the car. Looks absolutely silly and retarded. I complained to them and they said it was so that people could easily identify the zipcar when picking them up, however at that time in manhattan all the zipcars were basically in serviced garages, so there was no reason for me to "easily" recognize the car, the garage attendent simply retrieved it for me. Basically, they have that ridiculous logo on the side of the car as a cheap marketing tool (and maybe an anti theft deterrent cause let's face it, who wants to steal a car with a logo splashed on its side), which is their perogative, however if you are rolling around town or into a nice restaurant or onto a golf course with a car with that cheesy logo, it just didn't feel right. Great concept, but they need to lose the logo on the side.

so you mean singles in the city dont rent the bmw zipcar for dates huh.

DMann
Sep 29, 2009, 01:31 PM
so you mean singles in the city dont rent the bmw zipcar for dates huh.Nah, that's what Action Exotic Car Rentals is used for.

lionheartednyhc
Sep 29, 2009, 01:34 PM
I will admit, I was excited when it was first announced. But after seeing it, I am severely disappointed. The main attraction to it is the ability to unlock/lock your car with the phone and therefore get rid of the zipcard. Yet you still need to use the card at the beginning of each session. Until they get rid of this, the app fails. I STILL need my card.

DMann
Sep 29, 2009, 01:42 PM
I will admit, I was excited when it was first announced. But after seeing it, I am severely disappointed. The main attraction to it is the ability to unlock/lock your car with the phone and therefore get rid of the zipcard. Yet you still need to use the card at the beginning of each session. Until they get rid of this, the app fails. I STILL need my card.True, although needing to swipe the car before unlocking seems to defeat the purpose, you can still honk the horn to find the car (if located in a lot) and use the lock-unlock iPhone remote throughout your rental period.

DMann
Sep 29, 2009, 01:50 PM
I used to use zipcar in manhattan when they first came into business a few years back and though it was somewhat convenient I just couldn't stay with them for one very simple basic reason, they splash a huge Zipcar logo on the side of the car. Looks absolutely silly and retarded. I complained to them and they said it was so that people could easily identify the zipcar when picking them up, however at that time in manhattan all the zipcars were basically in serviced garages, so there was no reason for me to "easily" recognize the car, the garage attendent simply retrieved it for me. Basically, they have that ridiculous logo on the side of the car as a cheap marketing tool (and maybe an anti theft deterrent cause let's face it, who wants to steal a car with a logo splashed on its side), which is their perogative, however if you are rolling around town or into a nice restaurant or onto a golf course with a car with that cheesy logo, it just didn't feel right. Great concept, but they need to lose the logo on the side.They really ought to lose the logo. At their rates, you could snag a comparable rental from Enterprise, Thrifty, National, or Budget for less, and avoid advertising the fact that your driving a rental.

slosugsir
Sep 29, 2009, 09:40 PM
Glad it works as expected for you :)

chriswheat
Sep 29, 2009, 10:13 PM
Had a chance to use the app today with my ZipCar reservation. Just wanted to share a few thoughts:


Yes, as everyone (including the FAQ) has said, you must first unlock the car with your keycard. I assume this is to prove that you are physically present at the car. Perhaps they could change this by getting your phones location and comparing that with the "home" location of the car. I don't know.
The app loads very quickly when you need to lock/unlock the car and is actually pretty nice, though when entering the car quickly in the parking lot with shopping bags, I found it easier just to press my wallet (with card inside) against the windshield as I always have.

When parked in a parking garage, I couldn't get the car to unlock or lock with the iPhone. I know that this is because the command is sent via satellite, nonetheless, it's still necessary to always keep your card with you "just in case".

The car I had reserved (a Honda Civic) did not support the horn function, so I wasn't able to try that out, but I'm sure it would've been fun.

It was nice to quickly pull up the app and extend my reservation by 30 minutes when I realized I would have a hard time making it back by the original end time.


All in all, it's a great app and very very useful, but it definitely doesn't eliminate the card.

Bonsai71
Sep 30, 2009, 10:33 AM
I used to use zipcar in manhattan ... huge Zipcar logo on the side of the car. Looks absolutely silly and retarded ... they have that ridiculous logo on the side of the car as a cheap marketing tool ... if you are rolling around town or into a nice restaurant or onto a golf course with a car with that cheesy logo, it just didn't feel right. Great concept, but they need to lose the logo on the side.

A few of their cars are completely blank, but most of them are logo'd. I've never had a problem with it (I actually like the logo), I can kindof see your point, but I don't think its a deal breaker for most uses - however, I'm not a member of the golf country club, so maybe we move in different social circles :)

Most rental cars have some sticker on them (usually the bumper) and I'd rather it said Zipcar than Budget or Hurtz.