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What are the differences in car sharing software?

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As a prospective operator of your own car sharing service, you will sooner or later be faced with the question of which software to use. We would like to help you to consider all eventualities as far as possible and to recognize the differences between various sharing software offers before you make your decision.

Access control

In many cases, it is necessary to grant different user groups access to the vehicles under different conditions. Employees, for example, should be granted exclusive access to the sharing vehicles during the day, while private customers are only granted access after work hours. Further separate access may be required if maintenance work is necessary or cleaning of a vehicle is required.

Pricing

Whereas on the one hand there should obviously be no costs per booking or trip for app-based use of the company's own pool vehicles, a wide variety of pricing models are conceivable in other scenarios. Fixed prices, time-based prices, costs per kilometer driven, and different rates for different user groups are frequent requirements. 

A comprehensive tariff system can also help to increase vehicle utilization. Special rates for special periods, such as weekend rates or overnight rates, can be an attractive offer for private customers.
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Features for drivers

In addition to the general framework of a sharing service, there are countless other requirements for a car sharing platform from the user's point of view.
When are which vehicles available? A booking calendar helps to plan bookings in advance and reserve vehicles if necessary.
What makes the vehicles stand out? Are there vehicles with special features? Electric vehicles? Are fuel cards or charging stations available?
If something does not go as expected, it is necessary to offer help via customer service, which should also have access to vehicles if necessary.

Before the trip

In most cases, it is necessary to check the driver's license in advance. This can be done via an online service such as PostIdent, or by a manual check by an authorized person on site.
If the sharing model includes costs, it is necessary to deposit a payment method before the start of the journey. This is because ideally all costs incurred, including those in addition to the actual use (e.g. fees for late returns or heavily soiled vehicles), are handled automatically via the sharing portal.

After the ride

Depending on the use case, it is desirable that, for example, digital logbooks are kept automatically. If costs are incurred vis-à-vis private customers, integration into the company's own accounting system is also essential.
As a sharing provider, it is of course also desirable to receive feedback from users. Are my customers satisfied with the service and would they recommend it to others?

Conclusion

When choosing the right car sharing software, there are a number of things to consider. Based on your own use case, there are different requirements for the software. We wish you success in selecting the right car sharing software and hope that we have been able to help you a little with our listing.

Of course, we will be happy to advise you individually and personally upon request.

Conclusion

When selecting the right car sharing software, there are a number of things to consider. Depending on your own use case, there are different requirements for the software. We wish you success in selecting the right car sharing software and hope that we have been able to help you a little with our listing. Of course, we will be happy to advise you individually and personally upon request.

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