100 Car2go Mercedes hijacked in Chicago crime spree

Car2go, free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, quickly shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz autos had been stolen utilizing the app. The Chicago Police Division was alerted by Car2Go that a few of their autos could have been rented by misleading or fraudulent means by means of a cell  app, a spokesperson wrote in an emailed assertion to TechCrunch. The information was first reported by way of tweet by Brad Edwards, a reporter with CBS Chicago. Edwards reported that sources mentioned that lots of the autos had been allegedly used to commit different crimes. CPD didn't present any particulars about how the autos had been used and mentioned the investigation was ongoing. Breaking: “Automobile 2 Go” app “hacked” in Chicago. As many as 100 Mercedes / high-end vehicles lacking / stolen. Many getting used to commit crimes. > 12 folks in custody to date. Per sources. Creating. @cbschicago — Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) April 17, 2019 Car2go launched in Chicago final June, the primary time in 4 years that the corporate added a U.S. metropolis to its ranks. The car-sharing firm lets prospects lease out autos on a short-term foundation. Daimler’s diminutive Good vehicles had been as soon as the lone choice for Car2go prospects. The corporate has expanded its choices lately and now presents Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA, in addition to the two-door Smartfortwo autos. CPD mentioned 100 autos are nonetheless unaccounted for. It's believed that 50 autos, all of them Mercedes-Benz stay within the larger Chicago space. Police are questioning greater than a dozen individuals of curiosity. CPD mentioned it’s working with Car2go to find out whether or not there are some other autos whose places can't be accounted for.  Presently the recoveries seem like remoted to the West Facet, CPD mentioned. Whereas the perpetrators seem to have gained entry to the autos by means of “fraudulent means,” Car2go emphasised that no private or confidential member info has been compromised. TechCrunch obtained a tip from a person who obtained this “momentary pause in service” message when attempting to make use of the app. Car2go confirmed the shut down and added that it's going to present an replace as quickly as potential.   Car2go goes by means of a branding and organizational transition. Daimler  AG and BMW Group formally agreed to merge their city mobility providers right into a single holding firm again in March 2018 with a 50 % stake every. In February, the businesses introduced plans to unify their providers underneath 5 classes by creating 5 joint ventures — Attain Now, Cost Now, Park Now, Free Now and Share Now.