Friday, November 2, 2012

Time to go, but how to get there?

Car To Go has been introduced to Calgary.  Basically this is a shared car service.  There are hundreds of smart cars scattered throughout the main part of the city and with a valid swipe card, one can hop in the nearest car and drive it around the city, then discard it at a random location for the next hungry-to-drive individual.  They've been in operation for a couple of months and have collected a fair following.

Then silently they raised their per-minute costs.  It's not that they've only been in operation a short time and raised their fares, it's the silent part that gets me.  They didn't advertise the hike in rates, they merely charged them and then published the new rates in euros on their website that irks me just a little.

So I say, "Screw you Car To Go, I'm going to take the alternate - Cart To Go."

What's the difference you ask?  Well I'm glad you did.  First of all, there is a one dollar fee to unlock, then NO per minute fee to drive.  Second of all, I don't need an app for a smart phone to find a smart car - no - all I need is smart me to skip down to the nearest Safeway or alternate grocery mart, pick one up and I'm on my way!

See...there's me....

oh no, wait...there's me.....

Yes, I haven't grown much since high school...or junior high....or okay fine, since I came from the womb, but you get the idea.  And see there's even room for another passenger in the back.  Unlike Car To Go where passenger #2 has to ride in the trunk!

Yes folks, you've seen the future - Cart To Go!

Now that's Smart!

*Note: credit for the artwork does not belong to me, but to an anonymous, yet very talented aspiring artist.

(And just kidding, it really is a fabulously innovative idea!  Credit to the Car people.)