Rentcars.com, Win Rent Partner to Expand Italian Rental Options

Win Rent offers 85 franchise locations in 64 Italian cities with a large variety of vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz Brings On-Demand Ridesharing Vans to London

This is the second city launch for ViaVan, following its launch in Amsterdam last month.

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Ford, GM Discontinuing Cars: WSJ Report

General Motors will end production of its Chevrolet Sonic subcompact car and Ford Motor Co. plans to discontinue its Fiesta subcompact car and Taurus midsize sedan, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

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Jaguar Partners with Waymo to Develop Autonomous I-PACE

Waymo-equipped I-PACEs will begin testing in 2018.

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Avis to Receive 10,000 Telematics Units

Avis has already installed I.D. Systems' Unified Telematics Platform in vehicles in over 50 locations as part of the Avis Car Rental mobile app.

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Minnesota Carsharing Service Announces Plans for All-Electric Fleet

Hourcar partnered with Xcel Energy to convert to an all-electric fleet and shift to a hub-based, one-way carsharing service.

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Green Motion Execs to Present at International Car Rental Show

This year, Green Motion will be showcasing its innovative approach to the future of mobility.

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Rental Fraud Suspects Apprehended in Shanghai

The two suspects are accused of defrauding over 40 victims of more than $160,000 since 2017.

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City-Mandated Fare Increases Cause Concern for Ridehailing, Taxis

Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle and New York City are worried that base fare increases will deter people from using ride-hailing apps.

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Fearing Monopoly, Competition Commissions Investigate Grab's Uber Acquisition

Officials in two countries are investigating whether Grab's acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asia operations violates various antitrust laws.

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Women-Only Ride-Hailing App Launches in Toronto Despite Criticism

Before the launch, DriveHer's creator had to be represented by a human rights lawyer to convince city officials the app isn't discriminatory.

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Enterprise Car Sales Joins SiriusXM Pre-Owned Program

Enterprise Car Sales has joined the SiriusXM Pre-Owned Program, meaning that customers who purchase a used vehicle from an Enterprise Car Sales location will be offered a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s All Access audio package, according to a company announcement.

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National Car Rental Expands Busch Stadium Sponsorship

As part of the agreement, the Bank of American Club will be renamed the National Car Rental Club and signage and branding for the rental agency will be increased.

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Rental Agencies Agree on Transparent Pricing in UK

Affordable Car Hire, Flexiblecarhire.com, and online travel agency P&P Associates have made legal agreements to make car rental quotes more transparent as consumer complaints in the United Kingdom grow.

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Uber Settles in Fatal Autonomous Crash

Uber has halted all testing for self-driving vehicles after what is considered the first fatality by an autonomous car.

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BMW, Daimler Merge Mobility Units

Daimler AG and the BMW Group have combined their mobility business units with the intent of offering an app-based platform of connected mobility services.

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Hertz Asia Launches Chauffeur Website

The service offers a broad range of luxury vehicles.

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Priceline Ends 'Name Your Own Price' Program

The online booking service will replace the model with Express deals, where customers can immediately book at discounted rates instead of bidding on rental cars.

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UK Rental Organization Urges Counterterrorism Measures

A report by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association found that about 15.5 million car rentals are made in the UK each year, making terrorist attacks using rental vehicles more common because they are inconspicuous.

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Ride-Hailing App Careem Integrates with Google Maps

The service, which is currently available to users in the United Arab Emirates, will be rolled out across the other markets in the region in the coming weeks.

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