FlightCar is grounded — San Francisco startup announces it’s shutting down

By : siliconbeat -excerpt

FlightCar is no more.

The San Francisco startup, which provided an Airbnb-type solution to exorbitant airport parking costs, announced on Thursday it’s shutting its doors.

The platform allowed users to rent their cars to strangers while they traveled, thereby getting out of paying for airport parking. But a short note on the company’s website says it will be closing its doors in all 12 of its operating locations within the next few weeks.

“We believe that people around the world can be more self-reliant by sharing their resources to improve society, and we truly appreciate the community that came together to share and rent each others’ unique cars,” the company wrote. “We thank all of our customers for being a part of our journey, and we look forward to a new future.”…(more)

Flightcar: San Francisco sues unruly SFO car rental startup from Santa Clara

By Joshua Melvin : mercurynews.com – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO –A Santa Clara car rental startup has provoked a legal dustup at San Francisco International Airport, making it the latest in a series of battles between rule testing tech entrepreneurs and officials.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is accusing FlightCar, Inc. of dodging fees and undercutting its competition at the airport so the city wants the startup to give a cut of its profits to SFO and follow a few rules or shut down.
In a lawsuit filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, Herrera argues FlightCar — which allows travelers to rent out their cars instead of paying for airport parking — also has flouted car rental agency rules.
No legal action has been taken on the city’s request to force the company to shape up or close down. FlightCar’s response to the suit is due by July 1.
But it’s yet another battle between tech-based transportation startups and those who would police them… (more)

 Not that we would ever consider allowing strangers to drive our car while we are out of town, but, what happened here? This shared vehicles project is not sanctioned by San Francisco because they forgot to offer the city cut? FlightCar parks these cars off site at their own expense.

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