Unlike other innovations in car-sharing that require you to put yourself at the mercy of a stranger's wheels, or even worse, a Smart Car, there's a new super-sleek auto-borrowing option arriving just in time for SXSW: Silvercar, a locally developed service piloted in DFW that's now returned to the ATX with a fleet of silver Audi A4s, and — now this is going to sound crazy — an amazingly cool rental process. Here's how it works
For SXSW they're only taking reso's via their website rather than their app. Once you arrive at their location near the airport, check in at an iPad-enabled kiosk manned by the first rental car employees ever to love their jobs
From there, everyone who's upgraded from Snake to Angry Birds can use their phone to control the rest of the experience
First: pick a 2013 Audi A4 2.0t Quattro, any 2013 Audi A4 2.0t Quattro
Then prove this QR Tumblr wrong by actually scanning the code on the windshield, after which your phone will connect to their server, verify your info, and unlock via Bluetooth
Snag the keys out of the cupholder, pick some tunes from their Sirius Radio, then definitely don't check your email while driving using their free roaming Wi-Fi
When you're done, simply drop off the vehicle and their system will check how much fuel you used, charge the going rate according to GasBuddy.com, and send an e-receipt before you've even left the building. Just make sure you follow the golden rule -- don't forget to lock the keys in the car... wait...