Downtown Austin, Texas skyline
SAN FRANCISCO – iCARS
, a new web and mobile app technology platform that connects travelers and corporate clients to licensed, thoroughly-screened executive car service operators and chauffeurs, debuted in Austin, Texas this week.
The San Francisco-based company's expansion to Austin represents a key milestone for the hospitality, business travel and transportation sectors, as reputable hotel operators acknowledge the importance of using only the most trusted drivers and vehicles for the transportation of VIP hotel guests. iCARS officially launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in early 2016, and has begun expanding to additional U.S. markets.
“iCARS’ expansion into Austin signifies the growing demand for safe and reliable options in the luxury transportation market, especially in the hospitality space,” said Gary Bauer, founder and CEO of iCARS, in a press release. Bauer is also owner and CEO of Bauer's Intelligent Transportation of San Francisco, a leading Bay Area provider of motorcoach and commuter bus services. “Too often, concierges and doormen don't have sufficient information about the driver or the car they are putting guests into. iCARS gives hotel operators peace of mind that their guests are being safely transported, allowing them to fulfill their duty-of-care obligations in a simple and seamless way."
In addition to immediate and future booking capabilities, iCARS enables third-party providers such as concierges, travel management companies and corporate travel administrators to book rides on behalf of any number of travelers, and entirely manage ground transportation itineraries as part of their duty-of-care obligations, making it ideal for usage within the business travel and hospitality industry.
The iCARS fleet in Austin is made up of the safest, most reliable luxury vehicles on the road, including Sedan Class, SUV Class and Sprinter Class vehicles. While the iCARS network encompasses each regional market's leading transportation providers, iCARS only works with affiliates who operate insured vehicles driven by professional chauffeurs who meet all state and federal transportation regulations. iCARS can also accommodate "house car" services for the hotel partner's discretionary use.
iCARS only partners with transportation companies that carry at least $1 million in commercial liability insurance, regularly maintain their vehicles, conduct random drug testing and background checks on their employees, provide driver training courses, fingerprinted employees, and pay employee benefits as required by their respective states.
iCARS has partnered with San Francisco Bay Area hotels, including Fairmont San Francisco, Hotel Nikko, Handlery Union Square Hotel, Inn at the Presidio and the W San Francisco.
iCARS technology provides:
- Third-party booking for administrators and concierges
- Group bookings and passenger management
- Private network for an operator’s existing clients
- Route and vehicle optimization
- Automated dispatch
- Near-demand and future reservations
iCARS is available for download in Apple’s App Store and in Google Play. To learn more about iCARS, please visit http://www.icars.cc/.
Founded by 27-year transportation industry veteran Gary Bauer, iCARS is a web and mobile application platform that enables turn-key “executive-level” black car sedan service bookings. Offering both on-demand and future booking capabilities with licensed operators that meet, or exceed, all of the requirements of the limousine industry, including commercial insurance limits, chauffeur drug and background screening, and vehicle maintenance and safety requirements. iCARS provides reliable and safe point-to-point transport in the form of high-end, professional, on-demand luxury car service, with no surge pricing.
Additionally, iCARS enables concierges, travel agents and corporate administrators to book rides on behalf of any number of travelers, and entirely manage ground transportation itineraries as part of their duty of care obligations, with the ability to build and participate in a referral fee network. Clients may also create their own private service networks on the iCARS Platform that will direct services to their preferred ground transportation operators.
Source: iCARS press release
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