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Ride-Sharing Service, SideCar, Opens In D.C.

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A new ride-sharing service called SideCar has arrived in the District.

An app-based service called SideCar just launched in the District. It provides the public with a new option in getting around the city.

The app operates by connecting people who need a ride with drivers.

"It's very simple," says Nick Allen, co-founder of the technology-based service. "You pinpoint your location, where you are and where you're going, and it sends out a request to drivers in your area. And they see where you are and where you're going, and they make a decision if they like to give you a ride. At the end, you make a voluntary donation and go on your way."

Drivers must get a background check and have a car that meets the company's standards.

"Both driver and passenger rate each other as well, so people on the system are able to tell who's a good driver and who's a good passenger," says Allen.

He says SideCar already has more than 50 drivers in the District and will operate on Friday and Saturday nights during the initial launch period.

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