DriveNow: Rent a car with a smartphone

More and more people do without their own car in cities. Instead, you rely on vehicles parked by rental companies throughout the city. With the smartphone, you can feel the car, just sit in and pay depending on the kilometers driven. How this works is shown on DriveNow.

Owning a car is an expensive pleasure. In addition to a more or less high purchase price for the vehicle permanently incur additional costs. In addition to the loss of value, just think about the money for gasoline, insurance, taxes, TÜV inspections and, of course, repairs in the workshop. You will not have any of these problems if you choose a car from the DriveNow vehicle fleet.

The only requirement is that you are in one of the cities where DriveNow is active. In Germany, these are currently Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Hamburg. Internationally, Vienna, London and San Francisco are added.

How Car Rental Works with DriveNow

Unlike traditional car rental, DriveNow has no fixed stations to pick up or return the vehicle. The cars are clearly marked in the city with a clear advertising lettering. You can easily find the next available car with your smartphone. Corresponding apps for Android, Apple and Windows smartphones locate them by GPS and show on a map the position of the vehicles in the area.

To make sure that a safe vehicle is not snatched away in your face, you can reserve it by smartphone. Arriving at the car, you simply hold a membership card in the format of a debit card to a reader that is behind the windshield. The car will be opened. You will receive the card after a short registration at in one of the city stores of the provider.

The registration at DriveNow costs only 29 Euro. The key can be found in the vehicle to drive directly.

When you arrive at your destination, simply park the car in any parking space and check out with your smart card. You do not have to worry about parking meters or refueling. Of course, the car park must be open to the public so that other users can access the car. It is also important that you are in the catchment area of ​​DriveNow, which usually corresponds to the city area.

There are some exceptions, such as trips to the airport or commuting between Düsseldorf and Cologne. Here, however, a surcharge is due.

How much does the car line at DriveNow cost?

As soon as you have legitimized your smart card and get on a vehicle, you pay a price per minute. The BMW Mini and 1 Series models from DriveNow cost 0.31 euros per minute. There are exceptions to the Mini Cabriolet. Rent a car with a folding top from 1 April to 31 October of the year, the price per minute increases to 0.34 euros.

The same applies to the big SUVs of the provider. If you park the vehicle without logging off, regardless of the selected type, 0.15 Euro per minute.

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