Anytime to start carshare service in Prague

The international company will launch a fleet of Toyota hybrid cars

Another carsharing firm is launching in Prague. It will start with some 100 Toyota Yaris Hybrid vehicles and have 500 by the end of the year.

At the start of April, Italian-based car sharing service Anytime launched a website and user registration via its mobile app, and within a month it will allow people to find and unlock cars directly from the mobile app, and pay via credit or debit card.

Carsharing allows people to use an app to rent a parked car and drive it themselves. It is different than ridesharing, which is more like a taxi service.

Most people who own cars in the city use them for a very limited amount of time but have to pay for parking, insurance and maintenance all year round.

“It is estimated that one shared car can release between eight and 15 parking spaces in Prague,” Anytime said in a press release.

The Anytime carshare app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. Registration can be made online with a picture of the user’s identity card, driving license and a photo of the user.

Anytime is one of the world’s largest carsharing providers and the first multinational player to come to the Czech Republic. It plans to invest up to 30 million euros in the coming years.

Rental prices start at Kč 1.99 per minute. The service includes fuel, car wash and car insurance. It also includes free parking in Prague’s blue and purple zones. Payment will be made automatically upon termination of the rental period by payment card.

The application will find the nearest car to the user and create a route to it. The client will then have 20 minutes to get to the booked car. Then the client can open the car with the app and drive it away, according to Milan Beutl, director of Anytime in the Czech Republic.

Anytime began providing car rental services in 2012. It currently operates more than 8,000 cars in 14 cities in four countries including Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

In the Czech Republic, other carshare providers include Car4Way, Autonapůl and Ajo.cz, and there are already over 700 shared cars in the Czech Republic.

There is also the HoppyGo project, which allows private cars to be shared.

This month, train company RegioJet announced cooperation with Car4Way so people can change directly from the train station to a shared car in Prague and Brno.

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