Tuesday, December 13, 2011
San Francisco's peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround is expanding to Portland by February, with help from a $1.725 million federal grant.
The Federal Highway Administration selected Getaround to participate in a joint project with the city of Portland starting in February 2012. The project also includes a launch at Portland State University. It’s the first federal grant for car-sharing. Getaround is now taking sign-ups from Portland residents.
Getaround is also working with the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium to research peer-to-peer car-sharing with the aim of a wider nationwide roll-out. Oregon recently passed a law, Oregon HB 3149, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012 and adjusts insurance rules so that car owners can rent out their cars and not be affected by potential accidents of borrowers. California has also passed such a law.
Read more at Forbes.