Howdy from SXSW!

We’re revved up for our trial with Chevy! Get in touch to win a possible trip in a Volt and check us out on Instagram!

Following our successful national launch earlier this week, the RelayRides team thought we’d head over Austin for SXSW to cut loose, meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

And as if SXSW couldn’t get any more exciting, this year we have outdone ourselves with the help of our partners at Chevy. That’s because SXSW 2012 will be the site of our very first trial of the Chevrolet and RelayRides neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing experience. If the energy at Austin wasn’t enough to get our blood pumping, 12 Volts definitely did.

Just in time for SXSW, we have partnered up with the #ChevySXSW team to have a dozen RelayRides/GM OnStar-enabled Chevy Volts located around Austin for SXSW. These will be accessible to a select group of people via their smartphones through cutting-edge RelayRides/GM technology integration. This is technology that has not been released publicly, so we are pretty stoked to get it revved up for SXSW.

For those of you interested in taking a ride in one of our RelayRides/GM enabled Volts, we just might be able to arrange something. Follow us on Twitter (@RelayRides) and shoot us a tweet to say hello, and you could be one of the first people to try our Chevrolet and RelayRides peer-to-peer car sharing experience.

Also, plan on joining RelayRides for our panel ‘What Makes Asset Sharing Platforms Thrive?’ on Sunday, March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon D. We’ll be there with our good friends from Sharable Magazine, Airbnb, University of Michigan Social Venture Fund and Floodgate to tell you more about what makes certain peer-to-peer companies successful.

Before and after our panel, we plan on being out on the town In Austin, eating Texas BBQ and hanging out with friends at as many get-togethers and parties as we can. A couple that you should definitely check out are our shindig with Sharable Magazine on Monday, March 12 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Cheerup Charlies and our happy hour with MassChallenge and Bing on Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Bing Lot. Get over to Eventbrite and get yourself on the list while you can.

And for those of you planning on going to All Hats, shoot us a tweet, or email us at, we would love to meet up.

Oh, and one last thing—to document all of the fun and revelry at Austin, we have launched our @RelayRides feed on Instagram. Start following us for updates from RelayRides at SXSW as well as updates on all things RelayRides in the future. We are hoping to get our users and fans engaged by enabling them to add their very own RelayRides moments to the feed soon, so stay tuned for details

We hope to see you real soon!