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Uber and Zipcar join forces for car-sharing deal

The partnership will start with 20 Zipcars in Boston

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A shared, rent-by-the-hour vehicle in the Zipcar fleet
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The U.S. could reach “peak car” in the next three years, and Uber is ready to pave the way forward not only for passengers, but drivers, too. The ride-sharing behemoth has just teamed up with car-sharing company Zipcar in an arrangement where Uber drivers can use Zipcar vehicles to transport paying passengers. To be clear: Soon, even Uber drivers won’t have to own cars.

The initial partnership deal is limited to just 20 cars in Boston, but there’s the potential to one day expand nation-wide. To use one of the Zipcars, Uber drivers will pay $12 an hour in addition to a $7/month membership fee.

“As the automotive landscape evolves, technology is playing an ever-increasing role in transportation services, and we are well-positioned to meet new and evolving customer needs and demands, as evidenced by this new partnership,” Andrew Kupiec, a VP at Zipcar’s parent company, Avis Budget, said in a statement.

Via: USA Today