Car-sharing service Zipcar has offered an[itunes link=”″ title=”zipcar” text=” iPhone app”] for ages which lets customers sign up to rent a car by the hour from their phone, manage their reservations, and even unlock the doors of your reserved car when you get close enough. Now the company has finally gotten around to launching an Android version. It’s still in beta, but it has most of the features you’d expect, including:

  • Find cars by time, location, and type of automobile.
  • View existing reservations.
  • Lock or unlock your reserved car using your phone.

If you don’t have a reservation, you can still use the app to make noises by clicking the horn, lock, or unlock buttons. Sure, the noises don’t actually mean anything, but they make the app a little more fun to use if you don’t happen to have a car rental coming up.

The app doesn’t currently allow you to see past reservations, manage your bill, or do some of the other things you can do from the Zipcar web site.

Zipcar beta for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market and supports Android 2.1 and up.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...