LeWeb Startups: Deways bring P2P car sharing to France

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Deways claims to be the the first peer-to-peer car-sharing community. Unfortunately it isn’t, although it may well be an early player in France. Other startups like Whipcar and GoCarShare in the UK are addressing this area as well and at a pretty sophisticated level.

How Deways approaches this problem is that it gathers and makes connections between its members to generate easy and safe car-sharing. Members can be car-owners willing to share their cars and make them available for other members, and those who are willing to pay.

The Deways platform includes car-sharing management tools, car-sharing planning, car-sharing guides and contracts, secure payments and certification. They have just notched up 1,000 trips done via Deways so these is signs of good traction there.

  • http://www.voiturelib.com Paulin

    http://www.voiturelib.com was launched in France a few months before Deways, and offers a P2P car rental service – with the distinction that a dedicated insurance covers rentals on the website.

    • Mélanie

      Hello, I am a student at Essec and I can tell Deways has been existing for 3 years. It’s quite reliable and many students have already used it. Such a service had never been experienced in a campus and I think it’s all the more useful since the campus is located 45 minutes away from Paris-centre.

  • David

    Hi,
    I think GoCarShare in the UK is not doing the same thing.
    – With Whipcar & co, you use the car of your neighbors as your own (a car at different moment than the owner) ;
    – with GoCarShare, you share a journey (a car at the same moment)
    In fact, Deways made a terrible mistake with their baseline. Car-sharing is an awesome word, bringing confusion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525437686 Nicolas Brusson

      I agree. the issue is that there are 3-4 different names for these activities (carpooling, rideshare etc…).
      http://www.covoiturage.fr seems to me the fastest growing in Europe with its French base but also with a spanish site http://www.comuto.es and http://www.blablacar.com in the UK

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  • http://gocarshare.com Drummond

    I agree with David’s post. There is a bit of a problem with different types of companies all calling themselves ‘car sharing websites’.

    There are website such as WhipCar in the UK, RelayRides in the US and DeWays in France that are peer to peer car sharing websites, i.e that allow people to hire out their cars to their neighbours.

    Then there are are car clubs like Streetcar and Zip Car where they own a fleet of cars and you can hire them out by the hour.

    And there is us (goCarShare.com) … we create a marketplace for empty car seats by allowing drivers to sell their empty car seats.

    It definitely does get a bit confusing and I am not sure exactly what we can do about it!

  • http://www.DEways.com @AlexGrandremy

    Hey guys, I am Alex, one of DEways co-founders. I agree with u guys on the confusion around car-sharing. There is the same confusion in France between Car-pooling and Car-sharing. It s annoying but time will help and it doesn’t prevent us to grow fast :)

    Regarding the claim we didn’t mean to pretend we are the p2p car-sharing. We meant we are the 1st community platform allowing people to share their car with their community, like a Car-Sharing social network. I might be wrong but I don’t think Whipcar are doing the same. But their platform is very nice too! Anyway sorry for the confusion, hope to meet u guys soon and get ur feedback !
    Cheers,
    Alex

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  • http://findmeasolicitor.com Find Me A Solicitor

    I don’t think it matters who comes first… its money to the people (one takes money, the other saves money via cheaper car sharing)…

    Its SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sustainable-Consumption/168973896455062

    or COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Collaborative-Consumption/139356199427476

  • Mutimba

    :)

  • Felix

    it’s up in Germany as well! http://www.tamyca.com

  • Jamie Parkins

    Another one on my radar here in the UK is Ridekicks
    http://www.ridekicks.com

    It is in beta at the moment but what I like is that whilst focusing on creating, inspiring and serving a community for car sharing / car pooling they have added some fun gaming elements to the process. The site is pretty slick, although I’ve yet to generate a trip out of it myself to date.

    Re: David & Drummond – it appears that most sites refer or default to “car sharing” as this is the strongest term across Google Search. It’s all about the Google Juice!

  • http://www.englanddatingsite.com/ Laura Lovely

    Yeah, just use google

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  • http://www.carhire-rentals.co.uk Car Hire UK

    DEways is the first peer-to-peer Car-Sharing community. DEways gathers and makes connections between its members and develops all of the features for an easy and safe Car-Sharing. DEways platform features include: Car-Sharing Management tools, Car-Sharing Planning, Car-Sharing guides and contracts, Secure Payment for both Owners and Drivers, Certification of Car-Sharing in case of a problem, and many other advantages of being part of the community as a whole !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525437686 Nicolas Brusson

    Great to see the space of p2p sharing heating up. Another player just poped in the UK: http://www.blablacar.com which is the UK version of the well established http://www.covoiturage.fr

  • http://www.carloan4u.co.uk/  Car finance deals

    Informative post and its  gathers and makes connections between its members to generate easy
    and safe car-sharing. Members can be car-owners willing to share their
    cars and make them available for other members, and those who are
    willing to pay.Keep  it up.

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