Getaround

We believe in a world where all cars are shared. Carsharing empowers people to get going in a smarter, easier way, while also having a positive impact on the environment and making cities more liveable. It’s this vision that propels us forward and inspires us to think even bigger.

Since April 2019, Drivy is now part of Getaround. Together, we’re the world’s leading carsharing platform with a community of more than 5 million users sharing over 11,000 connected cars across 7 countries.

Our team is collaborative, positive, curious, and engaged. We think fast, work smart, laugh often, and are looking for like-minded people to join us in our mission to disrupt car ownership and make cities better.

It’s an exciting time to be building the website, APIs and native applications that facilitate this revolution. On this blog, members of the Getaround engineering team share tips, insights and lessons learned during this experience.

In Europe

The Team

Every quarter, the team members from our offices all around Europe gather in Paris for a big all hands presentation and party.

Our Tech Stack

Getaround (“Drivy” back then) was historically in PHP. Then in 2013, we migrated to Ruby on Rails and we’ve never looked back. We’re currently running Rails 5.2, as well as our native iOS and Android apps. Overall, we value solid quality code, supported with a lot of specs, that can be shipped to production multiple times a day.

We use Rspec, Capybara and Jest, and integrate our code into CircleCI. We also monitor the production environment closely with dashboards built using New Relic, Telegraf, InfluxDB and Grafana, just to make sure everything is ticking over nicely. We use New Relic and Fluentd to parse and analyze our logs, and we check Bugsnag & Sentry to see if any 500 errors are causing issues for our users.

We work according to our design system, so that we don’t have to redesign forms and buttons every week. We use Typescript and have a growing set of React components for JS-heavy parts of the application. We also use Webpack instead of the classic Rails asset pipeline, and Yarn to manage dependencies.

On the mobile side, we use Kotlin and Swift.

As far as data is concerned, we use MySQL on RDS with multiple replicas and a dozen Redis instances to store things. We also pull data from multiple sources, then clean them and transform them with dbt before they end up in Snowflake, our data warehouse. We create, schedule and run data pipelines with Apache Airflow, where tasks are written in Python and executed in Fargate. And then we make sense of all this data using Redash and Tableau for our dashboarding needs.

Processes

We don’t over engineer our processes: we have a growing internal wiki, keep our tools simple, like our homemade automated release tool that is connected to Slack to remove headaches, avoid bugs in production and move fast. But we’re also not afraid to challenge these processes regularly, and make additions in order to keep improving things.