Netsize, a mobile commerce enabler and a Gemalto company, announced last week that CityzenCar, a peer-to-peer car sharing social network in France, has deployed its SMS-based communication service to secure and simplify car rental for consumers. CityzenCar enables 12,000 members across 2,000 French cities to rent a vehicle completely through SMS and an embedded telematic device.
The Netsize (Meudon, France) SMS communication service supports the entire rental process, from renter validation to rental notifications, as well as confirming booking details. It works on any handset and is compatible with all wireless networks.
Car owners will be notified of each rental request by SMS and if they approve it, the driver will receive a text message on their mobile phone containing details of the car and location. The car owner can then choose to either deliver the keys to the driver in person or authorize CityzenCar  to unlock the car doors. This unlocking system is made possible by the "CityzenBox", an embedded telematic device that sits within the car.
"We wanted to make it as easy as possible for our customers to interact with each other and make the best use of our service," says Nicolas le Douarec, CEO, CityzenCar.