Speed Auto Systems Offers Automatic ID Reading

Speed Auto Systems, a software platform, is now offering automatic passport and driver’s license reading as part of its car rental software system.

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Europcar's Bernhardt to Deliver Breakfast General Session

Discussing Europcar's view of today's global car rental market and its vision for the future, Marcus Bernhardt of Europcar Group will deliver this year’s general session speech at the 2017 International Car Rental Show.

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Off-Airport Operator Banned from Using Airport Public Parking

An independent rental operator is looking for answers after Palm Springs International Airport suddenly prohibited off-airport rental companies from using its public parking lot.

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Daimler Introduces Mercedes Pay Mobile App

The German company will be implementing the mobile payment service for its divisions such as car2go and mytaxi.

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Alamo Provides Promotion for Vacation Planning Day

To celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day on Jan. 31, Alamo Rent A Car is offering discounts on rentals until Feb. 7 for trips booked between March 1 and Aug. 31, 2017.

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Proposed Rental Car Tax to Help Update Event Center

Voters in McLennan County, Texas, could decide whether to approve a $34.4 million renovation of Waco’s Extraco Events Center by enacting a 5% rental car tax and 2% hotel tax.

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Enterprise Recognized by Travel Industry Publications

Enterprise Holdings received several awards from magazines such as Travel Weekly and Business Traveler USA.

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Budget Car Rental Offers Winter Savings

For a limited time, Budget customers can rent an economy or compact vehicle for a base rate as low as $17 per weekend day or $129 per week.

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Who is the Local Operator of the Future?

In an autonomous vehicle environment, the business model will change, but fleet management will be more important than it is today.

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car2go Rentals Up 21% YOY

In financial year 2016, car2go's global network (of nearly 14,000 vehicles) was rented more than 22 million times, a 21% increase compared to 2015.

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Mex Rent A Car Renews Partnership With Rentalcars.com

Beginning the partnership in 2014, Mex Rent A Car and Rentalcars.com have renewed their agreement to continue to expand the brands in more countries.

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Sixt Wins World Travel Awards

Sixt receives three World Travel Awards for its car rental service, luxury cars, and limousine service.

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Europcar Partners With Shouqi Car Rental

Europcar Group and Shouqi Car Rental, a car rental company in China, have signed a partnership to better serve their customers in China and around the world.

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Carsharing Service Autotel Launches in Tel Aviv

car2go, a franchise holder, will operate Tel Aviv’s new carsharing service Autotel, which will start with 260 vehicles.

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ZoomCar to Switch Exclusively to Peer-to-Peer

ZoomCar, an India-based self-drive rental service, will be selling its fleet of cars to push its associate program, ZAP.

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Revv Starts One-Way Commuting Program

The India-based carsharing company has launched this program to help city commuters.

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Court Rules Chicago Can’t Impose Tax on Suburban Car Rentals

The Illinois Supreme Court told Chicago to stop collecting taxes on suburban car rental companies that may rent cars for use within city limits. The way that Chicago imposes the tax violates the home rule article of the state constitution.

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Dubai Carsharing Service Opens With 200 Vehicles

Smart Car Rental’s carsharing service will be available for users at 45 locations within Dubai.

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Renault's Finance Group Purchases Karhoo Ride-Hailing

The ride-hailing service, which stopped service in November after running out of money, plans on relaunching its services later this year.

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Avis Now App Introduced in Australia

Avis Now has launched at several Avis locations in Australia, allowing one-touch car rental.

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