GM’s Maven adds car-sharing in San Francisco

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Maven car-sharing brand said Friday it is expanding into San Francisco, broadening its service to nine cities.

Registered customers can locate and choose through the Maven app 60 vehicles in the city, parked at 30 locations including popular spots such as the Financial District and Mission District. It joins several car-sharing businesses already operating in the city.

Maven’s pricing includes insurance and fuel and drivers can sync smartphone with infotainment systems to use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Cars available in San Francisco include Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac models, ranging from the Chevrolet Volt plug-in to the Cadillac Escalade.

GM launched Maven, its personal mobility and car sharing brand, in January in Ann Arbor. That same month it announced a $500 million investment into the ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. and has since rolled out the Express Drive service, offering short-term vehicle rentals to Lyft drivers.

Maven or Express Drive also operate in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. Currently, it only offers Express Drive in Los Angeles but it’s expected Maven soon will add car-sharing service there.

Maven has more than 10,500 members and Lyft drivers who participate in Express Drive. Collectively, they have traveled nearly 15 million miles through 10,700 reservations to date, GM says.

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