Author: Daniel Terdiman
Last week, the Austin City Council ruled that services built around drivers charging riders a fee without the appropriate license were illegal and constituted a crime. That meant that SideCar drivers, who are expected to be prowling the streets of the Texas capital during SXSW this week, risked getting arrested.
SideCar is built around letting drivers who have extra seats in their cars make a little money by picking up riders, who use the company’s app to call for a lift. The service is similar to that available in a number of cities, like Lyft.
Today, SideCar announced that in an attempt to keep its drivers from risking being charged with a crime, it was making all rides free during SXSW.
That decision was, the company said, merely a stop-gap, since it doesn’t consider its service illegal.
Read the full story at http://news.cnet.com/8301-14013_3-57573167/to-avoid-the-cops-sidecar-making-all-sxsw-rides-free.