Kyte, an on-demand car rental service, launched in Seattle on Friday.
The service delivers rental cars directly to drivers. Customers can purchase the car through an app or the company’s website by choosing a specific delivery time and location. They can rent by the day, week or month, eliminating the wait times and red tape of traditional car rental services.
Kyte, based in San Francisco, will be available in Seattle and in the areas of Ballard, Fremont, Capitol Hill, Madison Park and Columbia City. Seattle is Kyte’s eighth operating city.
Kyte was co-founded in 2019 by Francesco Wiedemann, who previously worked for rideshare company ReachNow. The other founders are Nikolaus Volk, previously a software engineer at Uber, and Ludwig Schoenack, previously a venture capital partner at Contrary.
Kyte’s Seattle carpooling competitor is GIG, an AAA service that allows customers to rent cars by the day, hour or minute, which lends itself to one-way rentals. Wiedemann told GeekWire that Kyte differentiates itself with longer term rentals.
“We also wanted to give Seattle residents and travelers the freedom and flexibility to explore all of the great destinations the city has to offer – from hiking Mount Rainier or Olympic National Park to sighting Snoqualmie Falls on a headbutt.” said Wiedemann.
Wiedemann said customers can choose from vehicles including economy, sedans and SUVs. Customers pay a daily rate and an additional shipping and return charge of $ 19.
This summer has seen an increase in business for Kyte, Wiedemann said, and is at a 40% month-over-month growth rate.
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