Škoda to launch car-sharing service for british students
Škoda it is trialling Europe's first car-sharing service for Czech university students and is eyeing a sizeable opportunity in the UK.
The Czech company says that with 2.3m students enrolled in higher education each year in the UK alone, Uniqway's pioneering car-sharing platform could see "great demand in the future".
The project is now in operation across three university campuses in Prague. Students simply sign up for the service for free using their student IDs and they then can connect instantly via the app to locate a car to borrow, and pay for the service directly through the app. Pick up and drop off points for the car are available in assigned areas near university buildings, halls of residence and free parking areas around the city.
Uniqway has been developed by the car manufacturer in collaboration with university students. Škoda's innovation centre oversaw the project and helped students to develop the app as well as the design and marketing for the service.
Uniqway utilises a fleet of Škoda Fabias that were chosen to support the scheme due to their advanced connectivity features, excellent fuel economy and compact size for city driving.