What is Maven by GM?
General Motors has easily cemented its place as a world leader in the automotive industry for all things cutting edge. Seeing a trend, the automaker has taken the idea of ride sharing to the next level, vehicle sharing with its new Maven service. Maven makes use of GM developed systems and accompanying apps to help people use various vehicles from its various brands to get to where they need to be. The service has been available in the States for a while and is just making it’s way into Canada. So, what is Maven and how does it work?
Using Maven in Canada
Right now the Maven GM car sharing service is only available in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario as a part of a Canadian pilot program. The headquarters for the program is based in the Tannery District for members of the Communitech Hub. Those that are a part of the Communitech community can reserve certain Chevy, Buick and GMC vehicles for $7 per hour or $63 per day. Maven requires no other fees as the cost of fuel and insurance are built into the previously mentioned prices.
“Just over a year ago, we launched 2908, our innovation lab at Communitech. It’s fitting, then, that our Canadian pilot of Maven’s car sharing service be at Communitech where so many other innovative services have come to life in Canada,” Hossein Hassani, Head of Maven Canada said in a press release. “This is just the beginning. We are a mobility company, and we will continue to deliver innovative services to help Canadians get there – wherever ‘there’ is – smarter.”
How does Maven work?
Once a Maven user downloads the proper apps, a reservation is made and they pick up the car to take their trip. How does a person pick up the keys, you ask? Simple, there are no keys. Like reservations and payments, starting and shutting the car off is all done through the application. Several (if not most) Chevy, Buick and GMC vehicles feature keyless entry; this is just a convenient next step.
What vehicles does Maven use?
Maven in Canada uses a wide swath of vehicle options including, the Buick Encore, Chevy Cruze, Malibu and Spark. Will you be moving something large or transporting a large group of people, the GMC Yukon is also an option.
Stay tuned to the Don Wheaton Blog to learn more about the success of Maven in Canada and the program’s possibility of moving to new cities like Edmonton. In the mean time, contact a Don Wheaton sales professional for any new vehicle needs you might have.