A new car-sharing system has arrived in Milan, which gives drivers more flexibility than the present ATM-run GuidaMi.
Car2Go, which is a Mercedes-Daimler subsidiary, allows drivers to pick up and leave a Smart in any of the special parking places outlined in blue throughout the area covered by the service. No forward booking is necessary and the cost is €17.40 an hour.
The idea is to use the Car2Go service rather like BikeMi, for short journeys, picking the car up in one area of the city and leaving it off in another.
At present 150 Smarts are available, with another 450 arriving in the autumn. All of them have automatic transmission, with a manual option.
Clients can register online for a membership card or at the Smart Center, XXIV Maggio, tel. 0230251 and ClickUtlitites on Earth at the Colonne S. Lorenzo. Anyone registering before 30 September gets 30 minutes free use.
Once registered, users get a chip card and a pin number. The card opens the car, drivers then insert their pin, answer a few questions about the condition of the car and drive off, leaving the vehicle at another place of their choice.
The Car2Go system was rolled out in Ulm, Germany in 2008 and is now operating in 20 cities in Europe and north America, mainly in Germany and the USA with over 7,000 Smarts in use. Milan is the first city in Italy to open the service.