Posted November 11, 2018 06:16:38 While Russia is in the midst of a $400 billion bailout plan, it’s also quietly developing its own plans to create its own “futuristic” car rental facilities.
In an interview with the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, a top aide to President Vladimir Putin described the plans as a “long-term development plan” that would be “fully funded” by the Russian government.
“In 2019 we plan to construct a car rental service in a number of different cities in the world, with the aim of creating a new, autonomous, virtual and real estate,” said Vladimir Puchkov, deputy head of the Ministry of Transport, Culture, Sport and Tourism.
In addition to the aforementioned cities, the plan calls for construction of a second car rental agency in China, and plans to build an automated service in the US, where there is a shortage of rental cars.
Russia’s plan was also recently revealed by the United States Department of Energy, which has been researching the viability of building a fleet of self-driving vehicles, in order to meet the nation’s needs for transport.
This is a far cry from the United Kingdom, where the government has yet to officially announce plans for a car sharing program, although the country is currently considering a number in a bid to reduce the amount of space it uses for parking.
The Russian government’s plan is reportedly in line with what has been done in other countries, including Denmark, Germany, and even Spain, with several car rental companies already using the idea.