Is SA ready to embrace a service that allows you to rent out your car?
Rent My Ride thinks so, writes Mark Smyth
SA is one of the best markets for BMW’s M division and Mercedes’ AMG — we have electric cars in the form of the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf, but generally we mostly watch as technology in the areas of automotive and urban usage develop at a rapid pace worldwide. Car sharing schemes have taken off in a big way in Amsterdam, London and New York. In London you can even rent out the driveway in front of your home for commuters who need to park and don’t have a permit to park on a specific street. You can also rent out your car. Car sharing has not really taken off in SA. A number of years ago a company called Locomute was launched by private individuals. It has not mirrored the success of big global firms, but more are potentially coming to SA with BMW planning its DriveNow and Avis Budget looking at its Zipcar model. While we wait for these, you can already rent out your car. We spoke with Sebastian Brokmann, a director at Cape Town-based Rent My Ride. The company was set up in 2016 by Pete...