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Share your car, says GM, and we'll help you do it (with Onstar)

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RelayRide will allow car-renters unlock a vehicle they're renting with their smart phone

General Motors says its On-Star customers can now use their GM cars to make some extra money - by renting out their vehicles.

Car-sharing allows someone to rent their personal vehicle to people who don't own one. Typically the borrower just needs a car for a few hours, for errands, grocery store visits or the like.

Now, GM car owners who subscribe to Onstar can rent out their cars through a car-sharing company called RelayRides.

Among other things, Onstar can track a car remotely, and allow access to the car without a key - so the owner doesn't have to meet with the renters to give them the key.

RelayRides and other car-sharing companies provide extra insurance to cover accidents that could happen while the car is being rented, although some insurance companies still frown on the whole concept of car-sharing.

 

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.