GM scraps Maven car-sharing service after three years

General Motors is sending its Maven car-sharing business to the junkyard

DETROIT -- General Motors is sending its Maven car-sharing business to the junkyard.

The automaker says it's winding down the app-based business after trying to make a go of it for more than three years.

Customers were told about the move Tuesday. GM says it will gradually phase out Maven by market with operations expected to end during the summer.

GM created Maven in January of 2016 by combining previous car-sharing ventures in an effort to compete with the ZipCar sharing service. The service started in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spread to other metro areas.

Last May GM pulled Maven from eight of the 17 North American markets where it had operated, including New York and Chicago.