Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of July 3, 2018

Svalbard Auto to begin by-the-hour car-sharing this fall
A car-sharing program allowing people to use cars at locations in the center of Longyearbyen for an hourly fee is scheduled to start this fall. “We are looking to start the our car-sharing service with four to six cars, and we’ll see how this works,” said Roger Eriksen, general manager of Svalbard Auto. The cars will be located between Svalbardbutikken and The University Centre in Svalbard, and can be booked using a smartphone app. There are more than 1,000 registered cars in Longyearbyen, including many who have access to vehicles through an employer, but “here are also many who do not have a car,” Eriksen said. “They may need to borrow a car to shop for food, take a driving tour and have greater freedom when they get visitors from the mainland.” The dealership received a grant from Innovation Norway to implement the project.

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