Mobility start-up unveils car rental and chauffeur app for Londoners
Ubeeqo aims to help urban car owners utilise the multitude of transport options aside from owning a car. The company highlights that city-dwellers choose to own a car for the convenience of access when they need it, but for the majority of the time it is likely to be parked and unused. They are, therefore, paying for upkeep and insurance for a rarely used vehicle.
“It really makes no sense at all for someone living in a major town or city, such as London, to own a car” explained Benoit Chatelier, founder and CEO of Ubeeqo. “It will sit outside their home for the majority of the time – depreciating as well as incurring cost for maintenance. Plus insurance cover is usually higher in cities. But for many people living in London, they believe ditching their car means losing their independence.
“Ubeeqo makes urban mobility easier, more convenient and more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly too. And, importantly, unlike other services that just offer one travel option, Ubeeqo will combine a range of mobility solutions so that the traveler can arrange the best way to manage their journey, all from one app.”
Londoners who join the Ubeeqo app can access a range of mobility services, including:
Matcha – the company’s car use by the hour service means Londoners can pick up a car from bays across the Capital. Matcha cars are available from £6 per hour, inclusive of fuel for the first 50 miles of each booking.
Europcar – Ubeeqo users can also opt for conventional car rental for longer durations from Europcar, with a range of vehicle makes and models available from a network of more than 250 locations across the UK.
Other transport services – The company says that Ubeeqo users in London will also soon be able to use the app to book a taxi or chauffeur drive service when they prefer to be driven rather than doing the driving. Access to a variety of public transport services will also be added over the coming months
Users need to sign up the the Ubeeqo app, free of charge, to access the range of mobility services, with a mapping system showing availability around the Capital for the service they need. A version of the app has also launched in Paris.