Published On: Mon, May 8th, 2017

AAA Launched Gig, app-centric car sharing service

American Automobile Association, also known as AAA had launched a car-sharing service model in Berkeley and Oakland. The new app-centric car sharing pilot aptly named Gig, that will let drivers without a vehicles of their own access one at a moment’s notice. The new app-centric car sharing service will be starting it operations with a fleet of around 250 Toyota Prius C sedans. All cars are uses bicycle racks. This service is meant to provide customer greater value, and help the cities of Berkeley and Oakland. You also read about other car-sharing service at Autoxpedia.

Members will be able to take the cars outside of Berkeley and Oakland called ‘stopovers’, but drivers will be responsible for the parking fees outside of the ‘HomeZone’ area. Gig is promising to be particularly helpful if you are fond of mass transit. There will be at least two parking spots near every BART train station, and also a drop-off point inside International Airport Oakland.



To use it, user will have to sign up as Gig members by inputting their basic information into the mobile app and scanning a driver’s credit card and license. The mobile app helps you locate a vehicles that’s close to you, usually parked on a city street, which they can unlock with the mobile app and use to go anywhere. While vehicles can be taken anywhere, they do have to be returned to the ‘HomeZone’ area, which will initially be most of Berkeley and Oakland.

The pricing model, is $15 per hour, $85 per day, or $2.50 per mile—whichever total amount is cheaper. The car-sharing service will be available to everyone, but AAA members get a 10 percent discount on standard rates.

The Gig mobile app is available on both Android and iOS devices. You don’t have to be AAA members to join. Those who sign up before 30th April, will receive a $85 credit using the code ‘HEYGIG’, according to the company’s official website.