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软银领投,P2P汽车租赁平台Getaround获3亿美元D轮融资

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软银领投,P2P汽车租赁平台Getaround获3亿美元D轮融资

软银正在向它的下一个目标迈进。

P2P汽车租赁创企Getaround首次于2011年在Disrupt NY上亮相,今日这家公司获得了软银领投的3亿美元D轮融资,参投方包括丰田汽车等。之前Getaround就获得了8800万美元风险投资,其中有4500万美元于去年十一月完成。公司计划利用这轮融资去扩大Getaround的产品供应和合作,从而进入其它美国市场和国际市场。

“我们和软银之间的真正相似之处在于,我们都拥有非常长远的目光。他们对移动交通的未来思考得很透彻,我们也认为在未来共享车辆会成为主流。”Getaround的联合创始人Sam Zaid。

Zaid指出,软银在这个领域也拥有丰富的经验,Uber、滴滴出行都是它的投资对象,最近它还投资了无人驾驶创企Cruise。

“软银认为车辆共享的趋势正在加剧,它会改变现有的车辆归属模式。我们相信Getaround就能抓住这个机遇,它创造了一个市场,让车主、汽车租赁者、共乘驾驶员以及其他交易更加无缝化。Getaround是第一家通过车联网技术创造出大规模按需车辆共享网络的创企。它已经证明了自己有进入新市场的潜力,并可以和Uber这类移动交通合伙人以及丰田这种顶尖汽车制造商合作。”软银的管理合伙人Michael Ronen说道。

前不久,Getaround刚刚和Uber建立了合作,它将加入Uber Rent平台。今年四月,同样获得过软银投资的Uber宣布,人们可以通过Getaround预定租车。

作为车主,你也可以在Getaround上登录自己的汽车。之后,Getaround就会安装上Connect硬件,从而租赁者可以通过应用定位你的汽车,并进行租借。除了让车主更加省心,Connect还具备GPS追踪、篡改监测和引擎锁定等功能。这家公司还和奥迪、福特等公司达成了合作,鼓励人们去共享自己的汽车。2016年,Getaround就和丰田达成了合作,人们在买车前就可以选择让汽车预先安装Getaround的连接功能。

SoftBank has landed on its next target. Getaround, the peer-to-peer car rental startup that first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in 2011, has raised a $300 series D round led by SoftBank with participation from Toyota Motor Corporation and others. Getaround had previously raised $88 million in venture capital, with its previous round coming at $45 million last November. The plan with the funding is to expand Getarounds product offerings and partnerships, and get into additional markets in the U.S. and internationally.

“What we really liked about [SoftBank] was they take a really long view on things,” Getaround co-founder Sam Zaid told TechCrunch. “So they were very good about thinking about the future of mobility, and we have a common kind of vision of every car becoming a shared car.”

Zaid noted that Softbank also has a lot of experience in the space. SoftBank has invested in other transportation startups like Uber, Didi and most recently,autonomous driving startup Cruise.

“SoftBank sees carsharing as an accelerating trend that will disrupt car ownership”, SoftBank Managing Partner Michael Ronen said in a statement. “We believe that Getaround is uniquely placed to capitalize on this by creating a marketplace that makes it easy for car owners, car renters, ride-hailing drivers, and others to transact  seamlessly. Getaround was the first to successfully leverage connected car technology to create an on-demand carsharing network at scale, has proven its ability to effectively expand into new markets, and develop integrations with large mobility partners such as Uber and leading automakers such as Toyota.”

This is on the heels of Getaround’s partnership with Uber, as part of the ride-hailing program’s new Uber Rent platform. In April, Uber — which is also backed by SoftBank — tapped Getaround to enable people to book car rentals from within Uber’s app.

As a car owner, you can list your vehicle for on-demand rentals via Getaround. After you list it, Getaround installs its Connect hardware, which allows renters to locate and unlock your car using the Getaround mobile app. For extra peace of mind for the car owner, the Connect also features GPS tracking, tamper detection and engine lock. Getaround also has deals in place with brands like Audi and Ford to further incentivize people to share their cars. In 2016, Getaround teamed up with Toyota to enable people to purchase cars that are pre-installed with Getaround connectivity.

In 2014, Getaround had just 600 cars available for on-demand rentals in San Francisco. In the eight other cities in which Getaround operated (Portland, Ore., Washington D.C., Chicago, Ill., Evanston, Ill., Arlington, Va., Silver Spring, Md., Bethesda, Md., and Alexandria, Va.), there were just over 300 cars available for on-demand rental. Fast forward to today, and Getaround is live in 66 cities, including Boston, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Seattle and Philadelphia — all which launched in the last year.

Since Getaround’s launch in 2011, a number of competitors have entered the car rental market. General Motors’ Maven, for example, lets people rent relatively new cars by the hour, while Turo offers a more Getaround-like peer-to-peer rental platform. In April, Turo raised $12 million following a $92 million fundraising round earlier in the year.


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