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Choosing the right partner for a car-sharing project

In the modern age of mobility, the implementation of carsharing technology marks a significant turning point, offering unrivalled opportunities for companies and end-users alike.

Whether you’re a corporate fleet or local authority looking to streamline the management of your staff’s internal mobility, or a vehicle rental company looking to eliminate the hassle of queuing and administrative formalities with seamless booking solutions, the car-sharing technology offers ever-growing innovative potential.

However, selecting the right technology partner for a carsharing project becomes a complex strategic imperative. To shed light on this crucial step, we offer you an in-depth look at the key factors to consider when searching for and selecting the ideal partner for your carsharing project.

Criteria for selecting a technology partner for a car-sharing project

The first step is to define the criteria that will guide your choice of partner. Every situation is unique, and every company or entity has specific needs and objectives to achieve.

By drawing up your own usage scenario and keeping an eye on your specific requirements, you’ll be able to build a solid foundation for your selection process.

One of the keys to success in finding a carsharing partner lies in the ability to focus on the fundamentals and specific needs of your business, while keeping a keen eye out for emerging opportunities that could align with your carsharing strategy.

Key features and functions to look for

Here are some key factors to consider when selecting a technology partner for a carsharing project:

Technical capabilities and robustness of the solution

The robustness of the carsharing solution is essential to guarantee smooth deployment and an optimal user experience. Look for a partner whose solution has been rigorously tested and validated, with tangible proof of superior performance.

Fleet management functionalities such as real-time booking, vehicle tracking and compatibility with multiple vehicle types are key elements that need to be present in the solution.

The OpenFleet carsharing kit, for example, consists of three components:

  • a car-sharing box that checks the driver’s identity, authorizes access to the vehicle and calculates usage data (time and mileage);
  • a key-fixing device to keep keys securely in the vehicle;
  • and an optional badge reader that allows the renter to access the vehicle with his personal badge or by telephone.

Digital skills and integration

The digital environment plays an essential role in any fleet management functionality. This also applies to car-sharing.

Elements such as Internet connectivity, Bluetooth, NFC readers and secure data hosting are features that contribute to a smooth booking experience.

In addition, the ability to integrate with other systems and partners is a crucial feature, enabling smooth workflows and seamless operations management.

Competence in Understanding Your Needs and Project Management

A partner for a carsharing project should not only offer a technological solution, but also demonstrate a deep understanding of your specific needs and challenges in optimizing fleet management.

Whether your objective is to simplify vehicle and reservation management, reduce costs, decarbonize as part of the energy transition, or increase employee satisfaction, a successful collaboration depends on the partner’s ability to align its solution with your strategic objectives, offer the necessary customization and adaptations, and provide solid support throughout the project.

The OpenFleet team of carsharing experts works on a daily basis with small and medium-sized businesses such as Ornikar, to major mobility players like TotalEnergies and local authorities.

We have successfully adapted to different business models, with heterogeneous fleet management improvement objectives and diverse forms of carsharing.

Flexibility and scalability of the solution

The flexibility of a carsharing solution is an important factor in choice, and can be measured in two areas in particular.

The first is the solution’s ability to adapt to any type and model of vehicle – including electric and autonomous vehicles.

The second is the modularity of the offer. At OpenFleet, we often offer our partners the opportunity to start with a carsharing discovery offer that applies to a limited number of vehicles.

Once the solution has been tested and its benefits confirmed, it can then be gradually extended to a larger number of vehicles or to the rest of the fleet.

This is the approach OpenFleet has adopted with a number of customers, such as the Département du Calvados.

Quality of training and customer support

A frequently underestimated but essential factor is the quality of the partner’s customer support and training.

A carsharing solution can be very powerful and effective, but without comprehensive training for users and administrators, operational efficiency is lost and successful adoption is not facilitated.

Make sure the partner offers robust support and ongoing coaching to resolve problems and ensure an optimal customer experience.

The Global Impact of Choosing a Reservation Partner

Selecting the right partner for your carsharing project has a significant impact.

The benefits go far beyond the simple implementation of vehicle reservation technology. Here are some of the benefits you can expect:

1. First Strike Project

Working with an experienced technology partner considerably reduces the risk of failure or delays in implementing your carsharing project.

A solid understanding of best practices, efficient deployment processes and a proven approach all contribute to successful execution the first time.

2. Reducing fleet management costs

Vehicle reservation technology can significantly reduce fleet management costs.

Better visibility and optimized vehicle management lead to more efficient use of resources, reduced downtime and better allocation of financial resources.

3. Increased Employee Satisfaction

Car-sharing enhances employees’ mobility experience by offering greater flexibility in vehicle access.

A booking partner who prioritizes the user experience, with user-friendly and intuitive functionalities, helps boost employee satisfaction and productivity.

4. Contribution to a Reduced Environmental Footprint

By facilitating the sharing and efficient use of vehicles, carsharing helps to reduce the environmental footprint by minimizing the number of vehicles required to meet mobility needs.

A booking partner who values sustainability and environmental responsibility can reinforce this positive impact.

OpenFleet : Your Partner of Excellence in Carsharing

In the complex landscape of vehicle reservation technology, OpenFleet stands out as a partner of excellence for realizing your car-sharing ambitions. Our commitment to innovation, quality and operational excellence makes us the right choice for your car-sharing project.

As a market leader with extensive experience in deploying carsharing solutions, we understand the specific issues facing your business and are ready to support you every step of the way.

At OpenFleet, we believe that the success of a carsharing project depends not only on technology, but also on a thorough understanding of your objectives, customization of the solution and exceptional customer support.

We’re proud to be your partner on this journey towards smarter, more efficient and more sustainable shared mobility.

In conclusion, the revolution in carsharing technology offers exciting prospects for companies or mobility players looking to optimize their internal mobility or offer innovative shared mobility services.

Choosing the right partner is a critical step in ensuring the success of your carsharing project.

By carefully identifying your needs, researching key features and integrations, and evaluating the overall impact of your choice of partner, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that will drive business growth and turn your vision into reality.