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Toyota to Feature Safety Technology at Car Rental Show

During the International Car Rental Show's exhibit hours, Toyota’s booth will provide show attendees with a virtual reality experience of the technology’s safety features.

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Enterprise Opens 7th Branch Office in Northern Virginia

The new Alexandria office will be run by eight employees, including a branch manager, assistant manager, and management trainees, who all participated in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Training Program.

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HiyaCar to Close $1M Crowdfunding Round

This latest round of crowdfunding, which consisted of 500 investors, will help scale the startup’s market and further develop its keyless tech.

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Vehicle Rental Tax Considered by Georgia City Council

Revenue collected through the ordinance would be allocated for industry, trade, commerce, tourism, and capital projects.

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Mercedes-Benz Adds Sixt Rentals to Online Wholesale Platform

Mercedes-Benz USA’s online portal — MbonDemand.com — will now feature vehicles from Sixt Rent-a-Car, a move that will allow franchised and independent dealers to source Sixt off-rental vehicles, according to a company announcement.

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Japanese Bank to Invest $20B in Ride-Hailing Tech

The funds transfer would give mobility services access to Vision Fund’s world-wide network of resources.

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11 Stolen Hertz Vehicles Recovered by Chicago Police

The vehicles, reported stolen last month, were found throughout the city.

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Ride-Hailing Group Careem Hacked, 14M Users Affected

Careem said it is working with law enforcement and cybercrime experts to fully understand what happened, how it happened, who exactly was affected, and what the ride-hailing group can do to prevent future attacks.

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Massachusetts House Considers Car Rental Assessment Fee

The revenue would go to fund police training throughout the state.

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UT Austin Students Create Ridesharing App, Pass 1K Rides

The app lets users request a ride a few days in advance, and pairs them with a driver, all of whom undergo background checks.

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Enterprise Commits to Job Training for Military Vets

The U.S. Army's Partnership for Youth Success program guarantees soldiers job interviews for employment after they leave active duty and connects them with employers.

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Mex Rent A Car Opens at Bogotá, Medellin International Airports

According to the company, there’s an increase on people travelling from Colombia to Mexico and vice versa.

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British MP Visits Local Enterprise Headquarters

The Westbrook Enterprise was recently names one of the Top 50 employers for women.

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Italian Police Discover Weapons Hidden in Rental Car

Police believe the Bosnian driver was transporting the weapons to Barcelona.

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Ryder Rental Van Crashes Through Toronto Pedestrians, Kills 10

In a statement, Ryder said it was saddened by the news of the event and expressed sympathy to those affected by the attack.

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Subaru Offers VIN Lookup Tool

Subaru has begun offering an online tool that allows fleets to search for open recalls using the vehicle identification number through the Carfax used vehicle platform. The service is offered at no cost.

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LAX Officials Release Rental Facility Proposal Request

The Consolidated Rent-a-Car facility will house rental car agencies in one facility and will be the eastern terminus for the Automated People Mover train system.

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Tech Investor Drops from eHi Car Services

Coleman, who is the founder and CEO of Tiger Global Management, initially invested in eHi Car Services in 2015. He ended his investment in the first quarter of 2018 at an estimated net gain of 5%.

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Guyanese Rental Owner Accused of Forging Toyota IDs

Osafo Yarde, owner of K&O Car Rental, denied allegations that he knowingly rented out vehicles with forged ID numbers and was released on bail.

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Enterprise to Open Location in West Virginia Airport

The Enterprise location will be the third car rental agency in the North Central West Virginia Airport joining Hertz Rent a Car and Avis Rent a Car.

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Avis Returns to Japan, Announces 4 Airport Locations

Idex Auto Japan, a dealer of new and previously owned vehicles and car rental operator in Japan, has been appointed the company's licensee to operate the brand.

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