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With the launch of Getaround, strangers can now rent each other’s cars in Los Angeles

Apr 12, 2018

TechCrunch Disrupt New York May 2011 - Day 2

Jessica Scorpio of Getaround attends TechCrunch Disrupt New York May 2011 at Pier 94 on May 24, 2011 in New York City.; Credit: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for AOL

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A San Francisco-based car-sharing service is launching in Los Angeles on Thursday. 

Getaround gives people a chance to share their cars with strangers through a smartphone app. The on-demand service lets you search the app for the nearest car for rent, the user goes to the car and wirelessly unlocks it from the phone. Rental prices range from $5 to $8 an hour depending on the type of car. All cars are covered by Getaround’s $1 million insurance policy that covers liability, collision, property damage and theft.

Getaround launched in San Francisco in 2011 and now the service will be available in downtown Los Angeles, Silverlake, Hollywood, West Hollywood and the Westside. The company plans to serve San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys as well as Orange County, according to general manager James Correa. Apart from San Francisco, Getaround has already seen significant expansion with services in Austin, San Diego and Portland.

Guests:

Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle reporter covering business, tech and the on-demand economy; she tweets @CSaid

James Correa, general manager for Getaround, a San Francisco-based car-sharing service

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