German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has launched a peer-to-peer car-sharing service in Munich this month.
The service, called Croove, is unlike others offered by car manufacturers, as rather than providing a fleet of vehicles to be shared in the city, it's available to anyone with any brand of car – private cars included.
To use the service, car owners need to fill out a profile for their vehicle, along with its availability. The Croove app will then suggest the appropriate price to charge for rental. A car has to be in good condition and no more than 15 years old to be featured by the service provider.
Renters looking for a vehicle must be at least 21 years old and have a driving license. The app will help them find a suitable car and contact the owner. The two users can then exchange the keys in person or the renter can pay a fee for the owner to deliver the vehicle. A PIN-based keyless function will be introduced in the near future to make the exchange even more frictionless.
The service forms part of Mercedes-Benz's CASE strategy, which stands for connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing and electric-drive systems, and looks at ways to advance technologies in these areas from concept to reality.