MYCAREVENT(About) MYCAREVENT - MobilitY and CollAboRative Work in European Vehicle Emergency NeTworks – is an Integrated Project sponsored by the European Commission in support of the Strategic Objective “Information Society Technologies (IST)” in the Sixth Framework Program. The After Sales Market of the European Automotive Industry has become a very important market. The introduction of innovative mobile applications will enable new ways of working and collaboration among car manufacturers, workshops, road assistance services and the customer, who will all benefit from this.
A Self-Service Rental Car(About) Zipcar, the urban car-sharing company that now operates in eight U.S. cities, has brought a Webby mindset -- automation, transparency, community -- to the rubber-meets-road business of car rental.
Zipcar removes human operators from the rental process entirely. Customers sign up online, then reserve cars either through Zipcar's Web site or by calling an automated phone system that recognizes their cell-phone caller ID. The cars are parked in local lots and garages, unattended. Each car has a card reader mounted behind its windshield. If a customer has a reservation for that car during that time slot, the vehicle unlocks when she waves her "Zipcard" at it. The keys are inside.