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Verizon to Offer Car Sharing Via Mobile App

The “sharing economy” is now moving into the “sharing services economy.” This morning, Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced its “Auto Share” service, enabling any car company to become aZipcar. A Verizon exec confirmed to VentureBeat that the company’s intention is to create a platform to share virtually anything. Auto Share, which is being shown this week at the ITS World Congress in Detroit, allows a smartphone app to scan a QR code on a car’s windshield and capture the vehicle’s unique ID number. Once validated, the smartphone user remotely receives the capability to unlock and start the compatible vehicle. A key fob for operating the vehicle will be stored inside. Auto Share will be available by the end of this year, and promotional offers and expansion into ride-sharing are in Verizon’s plans.

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