Connect by Hertz and HopStop.com Launch Partnership to Give City Dwellers the Most Convenient Way to Get From Point A to Point B
PARK RIDGE, NJ -- 11/17/10 --
Connect by Hertz (www.connectbyhertz.com), the only global car sharing club, and HopStop (www.HopStop.com), a leading provider of pedestrian navigation and mobile transit services, are teaming up to help city dwellers get around more easily.
As part of a plan to offer more travel options to each other's service, HopStop has built easy access to hourly car rentals into its widely used navigation app that gives people fast and easy public transportation and walking directions. In addition, ConnectbyHertz.com will provide its customers with HopStop-powered door-to-door directions to pick-up and drop-off their car at Connect by Hertz locations. The partnership, which also includes a major online and mobile advertising component to it, covers both companies operations in New York City (NY/NJ/CT), London, Paris, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
With the new service, a New Yorker looking to travel from downtown Manhattan to Nyack in Rockland County has the option to travel via subway and bus, which HopStop.com estimates to be a two-hour one-way trip. By clicking on the "cars by the hour" button, a HopStop user can save time by renting a car for a few hours from Connect By Hertz, and find the Connect By Hertz location that is closest to their starting point.
"Connect by Hertz is about providing mobility solutions," said Robert Stuart, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Hertz Corporation. "Partnering with HopStop enables us to further enhance our members' experience and offer unique navigational functionality, alongside existing benefits such as our exclusive NeverLost navigational system and 24/7 in-car concierge service, while offering competitive rates to a new audience."
Joe Meyer, President and CEO of HopStop, said, "We are very excited to be able to offer our users the ability to integrate car-sharing into their urban travel plans. Sometimes taking a bus or a train isn't the most convenient way to travel in-and-around a city, and we want to make sure that HopStop users know all of the potential ways to get from point A to point B."
Connect by Hertz is also offering HopStop users extra incentive to try car-sharing and join Connect by Hertz's growing membership by offering a one-year free membership in the Connect Program, plus an $80 driving credit when they join using Promotion Code 'HOPSTOP'.
For more information, visit ConnectbyHertz.com or HopStop.com.
Connect by Hertz offers consumers an economical, convenient and socially conscious alternative to car ownership. Connect by Hertz helps promote public transportation usage and car pooling, reduces congestion and parking problems while helping the environment. Consumers can reduce expenses and control costs by converting fixed car ownership costs into variable, per trip costs.
Connect by Hertz cars are carefully chosen based on a set of aggressive standards established in the categories of manufacturing/maintenance quality, environmental sustainability, safety, and a blend of fun and functionality. The fleet includes: MINI Cooper D, Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus (London), MINI Cooper D, Opel Meriva and Opel Corsa (Paris), Toyota Prius (New York City), MINI Cooper D, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Verso (Madrid), MINI Cooper D and Nissan Pixo (Berlin).
Connect by Hertz adapts the latest in end-to-end telematics to provide superior customer service. Upon making a reservation, each member receives an email confirmation on bookings as well as a SMS alert indicating the reserved car's license plate and location. To unlock and engage the vehicle, members simply need to sweep their card over the car's radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader.
The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ), is the world's largest general use airport car rental brand, operates from approximately 8,400 locations in 146 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 81 major airports in Europe, operating corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa and the Middle East. Product and services such as Hertz #1 Club Gold®, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Prestige, Fun and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering for rent a diverse line of equipment, tools and supplies, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers through approximately 325 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France, and Spain.
HopStop (www.hopstop.com), a leading location-based service, provides door-to-door walking and mass transit directions to city residents and tourists alike. The company is building the first national network to facilitate and encourage intra-city as well as city-to-city travel by aggregating numerous mass transit systems into one streamlined navigational user experience. The company's environmentally-friendly service is currently available in 26 major markets including Albany, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Delaware, Hartford, London, Long Island, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New York City, Paris, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Putnam/Westchester County (Metro North), Sacramento, San Francisco Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, DC. HopStop also offers point-to-point directions (and the locations of nearby subway and bus stops) remotely on cell phones and smart phones alike via a wide array of mobile applications (www.hopstop.com/mobile) including an industry-leading iPhone app (www.HopStop.com/iPhone) and mobile site (m.hopstop.com), and its City Guide enables users to search for nearby places to eat, drink, sleep and visit while they are getting from point A to point B. HopStop.com is based in NYC, and is financed by private investors.