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Uber for Business: Promise or Threat?

How catching a ride from a guy in his Honda Accord could change the shape of business travel.

August 5, 2014

How catching a ride from a guy in his Honda Accord could change the shape of business travel.

Tags: Global Business Travel Association, Peer-to-Peer, Airbnb, ridesharing, Lyft, Uber, Business Travel

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

The Missed Story behind RelayRides’ Suspension in New York

March 12, 2014

RelayRides must cease operations in New York State because it violated insurance law. But is it the legal gray area or the model itself that kept the service from growing?

Tags: New York, Car Sharing, Peer-to-Peer, RelayRides, Department of Financial Services, Hudson Insurance Company, consent order

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

I Rented My Car with FlightCar

This business writer took the plunge into peer-to-peer car sharing. Was it worth it?

My 2005 Mazda3 awaits my return on the FlightCar lot at LAX.

January 8, 2014

This business writer took the plunge into peer-to-peer car sharing. Was it worth it?

Tags: Peer-to-Peer, FlightCar

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

The Death of Car Rental?

Of course, I stood up in the ballroom of 200 and refuted the notion. But then I got thinking.

October 23, 2013

Of course, I stood up in the ballroom of 200 and refuted the notion. But then I got thinking.

Tags: Car Sharing, car2go, Peer-to-Peer, RelayRides, Enterprise CarShare, Hertz 24/7, AutoShare

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(6)

FlightCar Lawsuit Tests Regulations of New Business Models

The issue highlights the need to balance business fairness and consumer protections with the need for competition and to allow new business models to succeed.

June 12, 2013

The issue highlights the need to balance business fairness and consumer protections with the need for competition and to allow new business models to succeed.

Tags: Airport Rentals, airport fees, Peer-to-Peer, FlightCar

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

RelayRides Founder in the Hot Seat

On the eve of his peer-to-peer car-sharing company going national, Shelby Clark answers questions on security measures, insurance claims, regulation compliance and changes to the business model.

March 7, 2012

On the eve of his peer-to-peer car-sharing company going national, Shelby Clark answers questions on security measures, insurance claims, regulation compliance and changes to the business model.

Tags: Liability, Zipcar, Car Sharing, Peer-to-Peer, HiGear, RelayRides

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Company Shutdown Exposes Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing Issues

The theft of exotic cars due to lack of proper security controls brings up insurance, liability and quality concerns regarding the peer-to-peer model. Sometimes it’s not so smart to cut out the middleman.

January 9, 2012

The theft of exotic cars due to lack of proper security controls brings up insurance, liability and quality concerns regarding the peer-to-peer model. Sometimes it’s not so smart to cut out the middleman.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Car Sharing, Peer-to-Peer, Luxury Rentals, Crime & Fraud, company shutdowns

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, January 9, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

6 Predictions for the Car Rental Industry in 2012

What roles will independent car rental companies, car dealers and car-sharing technology play in 2012? And will Hertz deal anew for Dollar Thrifty?

December 19, 2011

What roles will independent car rental companies, car dealers and car-sharing technology play in the car rental industry in 2012? And will Hertz deal anew for a Dollar Thrifty merger?

Tags: Hertz, Car Sharing, Rental Rates, Advantage Rent A Car, independent operators, Used Car Prices, Peer-to-Peer, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, December 19, 2011 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

What is Peer-to-Peer Renting?

September 23, 2010

Owning a fleet is so 2009. Welcome to the new neighborhood car rental.

Tags: Whipcar, RelayRides, Car Sharing, Peer-to-Peer

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

A Few Thoughts on Better Utilization of Fleet Vehicles

July 21, 2010

Technology is making possible peer-to-peer car sharing, “fleet sharing,” one-way rentals and getting more use out of pool vehicles.

Tags: Zipcar, Car Sharing, car2go, Peer-to-Peer, One-Way Rentals, GPS

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 21, 2010 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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