Monday, November 29, 2010

Amazing: Cell phone allows you to rent cars by the hour

I am frequently amazed by how people use technology to provide new products and services. How Mobile Apps Are Disrupting the Car-Rental Business reports on a cool idea:

At first, the company that introduced America to rent-by-the-hour, pay-as-you-go car sharing grew slowly. Rivals saw it as a niche market for the ecologically minded and others who were willing to ditch their full-time vehicles.

But the advent of the smart phone has helped reshape the way Zipcar operates, greatly broadening its appeal. Launched two years ago, Zipcar's app for the iPhone has been downloaded by 400,000 people, who use it to locate the nearest available car and even honk its horn. That has made it much easier for customers to find cars wherever and whenever they want one. Now the company has expanded to 55 cities and 225 college campuses in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.


Jeffrey Austin said...

I have found that my daughter is very receptive to learning with my phone. A couple of months ago I downloaded a flash card application from the Android Market called Flash Card Maker Pro. After a couple of weeks she increased her reading level by a full grade. Granted she was reading at Kindergarten level and is now in first grade. Regardless we are very proud of her and hope the the app continues to improve her skills. I found a ton of information on flash card apps doing a google search for flash cards android. Let me know if anyone else has had a similar experience.

Henry Cate said...

Jeffrey, thanks for the suggestion. That sounds like a cool app.