After suing Austin for the right to operate, SideCar expands ride-sharing to Brooklyn, Boston, and Chicago

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To launch a taxi or ride-sharing app is to live in constant legal peril. Uber, one of the forerunners in the taxi app business, is slogging through lawsuits in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and other cities — most recently, Boston Cab Dispatch filed suit and accused Uber of “running roughshod through the city of Boston.” While the taxi lobby has been vocal in opposing its new competitor, ride-sharing services like SideCar face different challenges. Unlike Uber, SideCar doesn’t rely on licensed cabs, instead letting drivers with extra seats pick up passengers and receive donations in return. Because of this, it’s argued that it isn’t subject to taxi regulations: “It’s not a transportation company, it’s a communications platform,”…

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