Zipcar had multiple internal engineering teams and vendor teams working on various strategic initiatives. While the teams were doing excellent work on their own, Zipcar was finding it difficult to “pull it all together” to ensure that Engineering was moving the technology toward a coordinated strategic vision.
Building on our strong multi-year partnership, we worked together to implement a joint Zipcar/HS2 team structure for “general development teams.” The new teams combined engineers from both organizations to ensure excellent collaboration and communication on numerous strategic projects.
HS2 has also put in place different communication channels, knowledge bases and collaboration sessions to ensure that we are able to leverage the institutional knowledge gained during our partnership with Zipcar.
HS2 Solutions has key team members on seven Zipcar engineering teams. They assist with multiple strategic Zipcar initiatives, including new “instant join” functionality, iOS application, implementation of new technologies, and integration with new outside vendor platforms.
Zipcar is the world's leading car sharing network. The company provides an alternative to car ownership with vehicles available for reservation by the hour or by the day, and has been at the cutting edge of technology and transit solutions since it was founded in 2000 by two MIT graduates in Cambridge, Mass. Currently operating in eight countries and more than 500 cities and towns, Zipcar selected HS2 in 2010 to become its trusted technology partner.
Working to enhance and empower Zipcar’s world-class engineering and marketing organizations, HS2 has performed a wide variety of tasks, including building Facebook applications, developing a Drupal content management platform that powers the company’s front-end website and blog, and working hand-in-hand with Zipcar’s engineering teams on their entire enterprise stack.
HS2 Solutions has been a trusted partner in enhancing our ‘wheels when you want them’ brand across a range of digital channels. They don’t just idly accept tasks; they put themselves in our shoes, providing advice and solutions that engage our digitally savvy members."