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Skoda Trials Uniqway The First Car Sharing Service For University Students

Auto News - Published on Tue, 18 Jun 2019

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ŠKODA trials Europe’s first university car-sharing service. Together with students from three Czech universities, ŠKODA has developed Uniqway, a pioneering car-sharing platform for students who don’t want to commit to outright car ownership during their studies. With 2.3 million people enrolled in higher education each year in the UK alone, Uniqway’s pioneering car-sharing platform could see great demand in the future. Uniqway enables both students and faculty members to only pay for what they use. The mobility service is available from £1.03 per hour plus 17p per kilometre driven; the fee goes down when using the car for greater distances or day trips.

Students simply sign up for the service for free using their student IDs and they then can connect instantly via the app to locate a car to borrow. The length and distance of their rental period is tracked and students pay for the service directly through the app. Pick up and drop off points for the car are available in assigned areas near university buildings, halls of residence and free parking areas around the city.

Uniqway is the first mobility service of its kind in Europe and has been developed by the car manufacturer in collaboration with university students. ŠKODA’s innovation centre, DigiLab, oversaw the project and helped students to develop the app as well as the design and marketing for the service.

The project is now in operation across three university campuses in Prague. Uniqway utilises a fleet of ŠKODA Fabias that were chosen to support the scheme due to their advanced connectivity features, excellent fuel economy and compact size for city driving.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 18 Jun 2019
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