For a while now, cars bearing the “Seoul Nanum (Sharing) Car” logo are frequently spotted in Seoul streets. They are part of the Seoul-style passenger car sharing service that has been implemented since February, and the city has decided to expand the service significantly by year end.
According to Seoul Metropolitan Government (City Transportation Headquarters), the number of Nanum Car users exceeded 100,000 last month; a total of 100,415 people used the service as of September 2013 or 680 people on the average per day. The city plans to increase the number of Nanum Cars in service from 618 units to 1,000 by year end.
As a passenger car sharing service implemented by Seoul Metropolitan City in collaboration with private-sector firms, Nanum Car aims at easing traffic congestion, addressing the shortage of parking spaces, and spreading the sharing culture in the transportation sector. Recently, the service ranked fifth among the “most necessary policies for Seoul citizens for the first half of 2013.”
Nanum Cars are classified into two main types: ordinary vehicles and electric vehicles. Ordinary vehicles have been in service through partnerships with two companies since February this year, whereas electric vehicles have been provided through partnerships with four companies since May this year. Currently, a total of 618 cars are operating from 343 parking lots in the city or 1.8 vehicles per parking lot.
In a consumer satisfaction survey targeting 2,803 randomly selected people (13 people on the average per day) among Seoul citizens who used the Nanum Car service from February to August this year, 89 percent of the respondents considered the service “satisfactory.” In response to the results of the survey, i.e., citizens hoped to have more Nanum Cars available, Seoul Metropolitan Government has decided to increase in phases the number of Nanum Cars to 1,000 by year end.
For starters, the city will expand the service by placing 130 additional vehicles by October at 5 city government buildings Mapo, Guro, Eunpyeong, Seongdong, and Seocho ward offices and public parking lots run by ward offices in partnership with private companies. Subsequently, the city plans to deploy by December an additional batch of more than 300 cars including electric vehicles primarily in parking lots run by ward offices and private commercial parking lots to expand the Nanum Car service significantly.
When that happens, the number of Nanum Cars in service in the city will increase from 618 cars deployed at 343 parking lots as of September 2013 to a total of 1,000 vehicles at over 600 parking lots at year end. This will bring the number of cars deployed per administrative dong from 1.5 to 2.4 in the 423 dongs in the city, enabling more citizens to use Nanum Cars conveniently and at nearer locations.
How to Use the Seoul Nanum Car Service
1. Selection of Nanum Car service operators required to sign up for membership
– Companies eligible to sign up for membership as service providers will be determined by comparing the information on Nanum Car branches and terms of service on Seoul Metropolitan Government’s Transport Operation and Information Service website and private operators’ websites.
2. Signing up for membership
– Register basic information, put in driver’s license information, and register a payment card.
– Reserve via the Internet, smartphone, and ARS.
→ Select the time, place, and type of vehicle.
– Control the vehicle door by placing the membership card on a reader on the vehicle’s windshield.
→ Use the vehicle using the key placed inside the vehicle.
– Return the vehicle to the parking lot where the car was rented.
→ Place the membership card on the reader as when renting the car.
6. Settlement of payment
– Rental fees and fuel costs are automatically paid after vehicle use through the payment card registered when signing up for membership.