October 16, 2019

Smartcar’s company culture: Why purposeful work is important to us 🎯

Jackie Leary

People & Operations Associate

On the Smartcar careers page, one of our company values reads “Purpose: Our curiosity drives us to focus on building useful things that move the world forward.” What does this mean, and how does our team make this thought a reality?

That’s exactly what we’ll discuss in this fourth and final blog post about Smartcar’s company culture. Check out our previous posts about balance, respect, and empowerment, and just keep reading to learn more about purpose at Smartcar.

At Smartcar, the purpose of our work is simple: We empower developers to build the future of mobility. Our friendly API docs and SDKs let developers build mobility apps that make the lives of car owners easier and more convenient. Our curious team of engineers and business aficionados is tirelessly dreaming up new endpoints and innovative ways to improve and build upon our product. Our sense of purpose stems from being able to explore our curiosities, act upon them, and create something amazing.

Let us explore how three of our product’s use cases drive the future of mobility. Each use case has their unique purpose and their own way of allowing developers and their customers to build and use innovative mobility apps.

Car insurance 📄

When we first launched our product for auto insurance companies, our purpose was clear. We wanted to change the industry by making car insurance fairer, more affordable, and more flexible. This is why we built an accurate mileage verification solution that allows policyholders to pay only for the amount of miles they actually drive.

With our API, there is no more mileage over- or underreporting and no more mileage fraud from tampered hardware devices or turned-off phones. By eliminating the need to install expensive hardware in a policyholder’s vehicle, companies reduce their overhead costs and pass those savings on to the customer. In turn, policyholders don’t have to worry about installing a complicated device into their vehicles.

Car sharing 🔑

Similarly to car insurance, our product goes a long way for peer-to-peer car sharing businesses and their customers. Using our API, companies like Turo and Nabobil.no have made owning and renting cars faster, more convenient, and more affordable.

Smartcar’s API allows vehicle owners to share their car’s location and keys with renters directly via the car sharing app. Instead of arranging a time and place to exchange car keys, renters can find and unlock their rental vehicles directly from their phones. No more time spent waiting at a pick-up point, and no more complicated lockboxes.

What’s beneficial for vehicle owners and renters also benefits the car sharing company. Thanks to our quick vehicle owner onboarding, instant vehicle booking features, as well as easy pickups and returns, car sharing businesses have seen a large increase in bookings on their platform since using Smartcar.

EV Charging ⚡

Finally, our newest use case is one that we are very excited about: EV charging. The mobility industry is ever evolving and so are our endpoints. Our recently launched EV endpoints allow EV charging companies to connect directly to battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for the first time.

Companies like ReCharge use our API to access the state of charge and charging status from EVs. This allows car owners to better monitor their vehicle’s charging progress, plan trips, and automatically start and stop charging when electricity prices are lowest. All in all, Smartcar’s API makes EV charging smarter, more efficient, and more convenient for EV owners.

With unwavering curiosity and determination, the Smartcar team continues to explore new use cases and endpoints. Our steadfast purpose is to drive (no pun intended) the world forward with our technology.

Have any questions or feedback? Feel free to reach out to our People & Operations team. We’d love to chat!

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