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SideCar adding Boston to ride-sharing venues

SideCar, a San Francisco company specializing in a mobile ride-sharing app that matches smartphone users who need a ride with drivers willing to give them one, is expanding into the Boston market, a move that could make local taxi companies uneasy.

Launched last year and operating in such markets as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, SideCar said it is adding Boston, Chicago, and Brooklyn to its roster.

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SideCar’s announcement comes as the operators of one of Boston’s largest cab companies filed a lawsuit earlier this week against app maker Uber Technologies Inc., which lets users request rides. The traditional cabbies contend the start-up is running an unlicensed car service and ignoring virtually all of the government rules that have been in place for years, a Globe story about the suit reported.

Uber, SideCar, Hailo, and similar apps allow customers to find and pay for rides — from either a taxi, livery, independent car service, or individual — with just a few touches on their smartphones.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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