Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, is expanding to Kitchener-Waterloo for the deployment of a Canadian pilot program of Maven car sharing.
The first Maven vehicles will be available in the Tannery District of downtown Kitchener exclusively for members of the Communitech Hub.
Maven@Communitech is a keyless service, with members accessing and starting a Maven vehicle with only their smartphone.
Registered members for the pilot program will use the Maven app to reserve one of five vehicles parked near the Communitech Hub, at the corner of Charles and Francis Streets.
The initial fleet of vehicles will include the Buick Encore; Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu and Spark; and the GMC Yukon. All of the vehicles are fully equipped, with OnStar 4G LTE with a WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, active & passive safety features, heated seats & heated steering wheel, and remote start to allow the vehicle to be heated or cooled up to eight minutes before the start of a reservation.
Maven members at Communitech can experience an elevated car sharing program and reserve Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for hourly or daily rates, starting from $7/hour or $63/day.
Fuel and insurance costs are included, and there are no application or membership fees.
Communitech is Canada’s foremost incubator, tech park, accelerator and start-up haven. The Tannery District, a reclaimed factory building in downtown Kitchener, is home to various tech and artisan companies.