Car rental company Hertz has joined the car sharing craze with Connect by Hertz, which has already signed up two college campuses, Ohio State University, Columbus, and Pepperdine University near Los Angeles. Approximately 10 cars will be placed on the campuses to provide students, faculty and staff an environmental alternative to car ownership.
The cars are available to drivers 18 and older with gas, maintenance, insurance and parking included in the hourly rate.
University members will be able to join Connect by Hertz for free with rates starting at $8 per hour. All Connect by Hertz members will have access to cars in all Connect by Hertz locales, including New York, London and Paris. Upon enrolling, members receive a smart chip enabled Connect card, which gives them keyless entry to any car in the fleet that the member reserves.
Upon making a reservation, each member receives an email confirmation as well as a text message indicating the reserved car’s license plate and location. To unlock and engage the vehicle, a member swipes his membership card over the car’s RFID reader.