New car-sharing service 'Hui' launches in Hawaii

New car-sharing service 'Hui' launches in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hui car-sharing service starts Tuesday, and it's the first in the world for Toyota and its new Mobility Services Platform.

With the launch, Toyota officials say 70 Hui vehicles will be available for reservations by the hour, or by the day.

They will have more than 25 easy, accessible locations throughout Honolulu.

Servco Pacific and Toyota have partnered up for this first-time experience.

Servco, being the independent distributor, is the "fleet" part of the equation, while Toyota is part of the software and app side of the equation.

The app is the "KEY," literally. It's how you reserve the car, lock and unlock, pay and find the car.

The app generates a digital key allowing users to start their reserved vehicle without the need for a physical key or card.

You can look up and find how many cars are available at a certain location.

To register, all you have to do is put your name and some personal information, plus your driver's license number.

It also asks you if you had any moving violations in the last three years and some other related questions.

You have to be registered and accepted to reserve cars.

According to their site, it starts out at $9.95 an hour and $79.95 a day plus a monthly fee that will be waived for at least the first three months after launch.

The Hui car share service is the first global pilot on Toyota's new Mobility Services Platform, meaning Hawaii is the first in the world to have the Hui car share service.

The Hui FAQs online also explain that you don't have to pay for gas, insurance, or cleaning the car.

Powell Kinney, chief product owner of Toyota Connected North America, said that Servco is such a wonderful partner and it would not be able to provide this service without the amount of support that they give.

Toyota also says that it wants to be part of the traffic congestion solution.

"If they can make it easier for people to get from point "A" to point "B" -- whether it be across country, across the island or across the room -- we want to do it", he said.

Kinney says Toyota wants to make the customer experience as easy as possible. Enjoyable. Easy to reserve all the way to leaving the car for the next person.

Company sources say that you do have to return the car to the station where you reserved it from, but in the future that may change.

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